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Over the Line 2016

Over The Line new coverDuring the first three weeks of Euro 2016 leading up to the commemoration of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July, the National Literacy Trust published an original children’s story in 16 chapters to be read aloud in schools and homes to pupils aged between seven and 13. It was called Over the Line 2016.

The story follows Khalid and Grace, two children who are studying the Battle of the Somme in advance of a Battlefield Tour to the area with their school in the last week of June. The daily chapters responded to the events of the previous day at Euro 2016, such as the main stories that the broadcast and print media were covering from the tournament, controversies on and off the pitch, key games and the results for England, Northern Ireland and Wales. 

We have more literacy resources relating to Euro 2016 and the Battle of the Somme including a literacy toolkit and match day party pack! Network members can also access daily writing activities

We hope you've enjoyed reading our live story. We're keen to hear how you've used the story, plus our additional Euro 2016 and Battle of the Somme activities, in your school and would love for you to email us some photos! Send your feedback to or call 020 7820 6261. To keep up to date with our latest news and new resources sign up to our newsletter

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
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