I was thrilled to work again with the National Literacy Trust, Rebellion and The Football Association to write a free real time story set at the Women’s Football World Cup.   Readers followed the adventures of Rocky Race, her brother Roy and her football coach Ffion travelling around France to cheer on the Lionesses.

Three chapters will be published on the National Literacy Trust’s website each week, responding to events on and off the pitch. The story is designed to be read in class or at home and is aimed at children aged 8 to 14.   Catch up on the story in full here

Download the Rocky of the Rovers poster here.

Request a free Roy of the Rovers poster here

Learn to draw Rocky with Lisa Henke here.

Certificate for following the whole story here.

More about Roy of the Rovers the story so far here.

“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 if England won!” Kylie


My Other World Cup Resources: 

Use this Live Read poster in your school or library.  Space to add when and where you will be reading it! download here

Book Covers for making bunting etc. here 

Football Readers pack – posters about real readers and template to make your own here

World Cup display ideas here

Colouring  Sharp-shooter Rocky is testing her brother Roy’s goal-keeping skills. Can you add a crowd or maybe some more players and colour them all in here?

Secret FC colouring here



Gus the Famous Football world cup predicting Cat colouring

download here 


2018 World Cup schools toolkit here

2018 World Cup Football Writing Exercises here

2018 Letter to send home to encourage reading here 

Euro 2016/Somme toolkit here 

Euro 2017 resources:
Guided Reading
Writing Activities
W1 Odd One Out Quiz
W2 Synonyms Quiz
W3 Write A Story
W4 Write A Description
W5 Write A Non-Fiction Story
W6 Euro 2017 Book Bingo.

Thank you!

I’ve been using the World Cup to help promote literacy  since 2006 (see here ) with spin offs like the Rugby World Cup, Euros, and Anne Frank Diary for the 2017 Women’s Football European Championships.  Thanks to all the pupils and teachers for your amazing support!

Berkhamsted’s World Cup bunting

Our previous Live Read activities were downloaded nearly 500,000 times and used by tens of thousands of schools… “I have been downloading Tom’s fantastic episodic story from the Literacy Trust website. I just wanted to drop him a line to tell him how brilliantly his story is going down at our school. Every morning I have children, particularly the boys, running up to me to check that I have downloaded and printed out the latest chapter of the story. The feedback from all the teachers is really positive, they tell me that it has really captured the boys imaginations and is encouraging them to read too!”    Lucy Bakewell, SLA School Librarian of the Year

1000s of teachers, librarians, pupils and families from all over the world followed the last live read “Defenders:Russia” from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Czech Republic, Eire, England, Ethiopia, India, Isle of Wight, Italy, Malawi, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE,  USA and Wales, making it a truly World Cup reading revolution!  We hope you can join us this year.

And if you like these you might like …

A NEW World Cup story

A funny and heartwarming story about a girl and her pet cat, who becomes a World Cup celebrity! 

There’s a football challenge at Yusra’s school and everyone wants to win. Which class can find the best way to predict England’s World Cup results? Yusra has an idea – her pet cat Gus could help! As Gus keeps guessing the scores right, the word spreads and soon everyone wants a piece of the famous football cat. But is the life of a celebrity as purrfect as it seems? More here 

Gus the Famous Football Cat colouring sheet download here 

More FREE literacy resources here

More about all my other books for children here


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