Ten literacy activities for children not able to get into school

The football is about to kick off again. For many children who won’t be able to get into school until September, this sudden summer of football action could be a great way to keep them reading and writing.

These ten activities offer a variety of ways to engage children with reading and writing for fun and keep them literacy fit for autumn 2020.

ONE Roy and Rocky of the Rovers Writing Kit. A set of eight activities designed to engage football fans with different aspects of writing using passion for the game as a way in. https://royoftheroversofficial.com/news/2343

TWO Listen to the seven-part story, The Mystery of the Stolen FA Cup Medal – read by a proper actor – and do the activities designed by the British Council.  https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/mystery-stolen-fa-cup-medal

THREE Learn to draw football star – Rocky Race – with the help of Roy of the Rovers illustrator, Lisa Henke: https://www.tompalmer.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Rocky-drawing-2.pdf

FOUR Read about how football and other things in Tom Palmer’s life directly inspired the storylines in his books. And how being into football made him a reader in the first place: https://tompalmer.co.uk/biography/

FIVE Read Call of Duty,  a short story about a modern footballers volunteering for war. Linked to his First World War football novel, Over the Line. https://issuu.com/barringtonstoke/docs/call_of_duty/1?e=2213880/7442461

SIX Encourage a young reader to read one of Tom’s series and receive a personalised signed certificate to congratulate them. https://tompalmer.co.uk/reading-certificates/


SEVEN Read the first chapters of 34 children’s books and read whole stories available only on Tom’s website: https://tompalmer.co.uk/free-reads/

EIGHT Have a go at a range of colouring sheets, many of them based around football books:  https://tompalmer.co.uk/colouring-pages

NINE Read a novel in sixteen chapters set at the last EUROs in France: https://www.tompalmer.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Over-the-Line-Euro-2016-Full-Story.pdf

TEN Contact Tom and ask him a question about one of his books. Please do this via a teacher or a parent and ask them to pass on your questions using the contact form below.

We hope that helps. Happy reading and enjoy the football.

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