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Euro 2016 and Battle of the Somme Literacy Toolkit

Toolkit front coverMany British footballers volunteered to fight alongside the millions of others who went to France a century ago, most famously the men of the Footballers’ Battalion. July 1 2016 marks the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme and coincides with the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, also in France. By combining an important historic anniversary with a major football tournament, we hope to inspire pupils to read and write for enjoyment and to engage them with studying, and enjoying, history.

In the toolkit you will find a wealth of football and First World War related activities designed for pupils aged seven to 13. These activities can be run in class, in assemblies and in the library and there are also ideas for engaging parents and running your own book groups - plus the opportunity to host your own match day party! 

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Within the toolkit you will also find the first chapter of Tom Palmer's live story Over the Line 2016An additional paragraph to this chapter will be published on Monday 13 June with subsequent chapters published each weekday morning from Tuesday 14 June. Network members will also be able to download daily writing activities

Additional resources

You can also download the following supporting resources referenced in the toolkit:

Football shaped book reviewTrue or false quiz: ten questions for pupils about football and the First World War plus the answers.

Book bingo: encourage pupils and their families to play our Euro 2016 book bingo game.

Attestation papers: have your pupils commit to being a Euro 2016 reader using our attestation paper.

Book review: ask pupils to complete a book review and display these in your classroom using a special football-shaped book review template

Letter home: a letter for schools to send to parents and carers with our top three tips for using Euro 2016 and the Somme centenary to encourage reading for enjoyment. A longer version including our top ten tips is also available.

First World War word search: A list of First World War-related words with their definitions. Student word search and answers available. 

Euro 2016 word search: Find the 24 countries competing in Euro 2016. Student word search and answers available.

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