A Rugby World Cup story for schools

From Thursday this week I am writing a daily story that is set during the Rugby World Cup – as it happens. It will be a thriller with lots of outrageous cliffhangers.

It is aimed at schools to be used as a classroom read. In 22 episodes lasting between 5 and 10 minutes.

I will write each chapter the night before it is published, so that I can draw on Rugby World Cup events on and off the pitch and put them into an almost ‘live’ story.

I have done this in the past with football tournaments and it does seem to engage the children.

The story will be published on line before 6 a.m. every school day, beginning with this chapter (the only pre-written chapter) on Thursday 17th September and ending on Friday 16th October. This is so that teachers can download and print it to read at the beginning of the school day. Or later.

Also, parents are invited to read it to their children at bedtime.

It is free and will be published by the RFU, who have commissioned me to write it.

You can find chapter one text here. You need to sign up for the website, but it is a mercifully easy process.

There is a a video of me reading chapter one at Elland Road here.

We have also produced a lot of free literacy resources that you can use to inspire reading for pleasure around the Rugby World Cup. They can be found here.

If you have any problems please contact me via my website tompalmer.co.uk.

And please do pass this on to any teachers or parents who you think might be interested.

Thank you.