Classroom reads

I know that there is more time in some schools for the children to enjoy class reads together. Over the last two or three years I have developed several stories of varying length that can be used in the classroom in this way at any time in the school year.

They’re free and written both to be read aloud and with intense cliff hangers aimed at keeping the children wanting more. They are also five minutes read each episode. I hope you find them useful.

“The best time I remember from my primary school was when our teacher read the Foul Play World Cup Mystery out to us. I’ll never forget us all listening together every morning and worrying about what would happen to Danny if England won!” Kylie

Read here Danger Academy, an 8 part story about Danny Harte from the Foul Play series.  In 5 minute chunks, written for reading aloud in classrooms.

“The boys absolutely love The Danger Academy! ” Holy Trinity Catholic Media Arts College

Read here Maybe Football is Exciting – Charlotte’s Diary, a Year 6,7 and 8 short Foul Play story written for the National Literacy Trust.

“I just finished reading the Danny Harte story online (I read it all at once because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next) I really really enjoyed it!! Thanks” Sophie

Read here The Character Strikes Back, a five-part Foul Play short story for Years 4, 5 and 6.

“We are reading ‘The Character Strikes Back’ this week, and SO enjoying it! They love the cliffhangers each day and beg me to read on…”

“Reading Tom Palmer’s short story ‘The Character Strikes Back’ to my Y3/4 class was as delightful an experience for me as a teacher as it was for my young listeners, who truly learned the meaning of a ‘cliff-hanger’. Writhing in a delightful agony of suspense and anticipation at the end of each day, their desperation to find out what happened next informed many discussions and some marvellous predictions. Parents even called the school to find where they could buy the book their children couldn’t stop talking about!” Catherine Monaghan, Y3/4 Teacher, Middleham CE VA School

Read here The Scout, a Year 3-4 short story about how Ronan and Connor from the Football Academy series came to join Premier League United.

Find out more about the National Literacy Trust.

The Mystery of the Stolen FA Cup Medal

Commissioned by the British Council and Reading Agency’s ‘Chatterbooks’ project. With classroom resources.

Read and listen to the story here.


Read more stories on Free Reads.

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