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The FA literacy resources

In partnership with the Football Association, we are excited to be able to offer new football-themed resources in 2017.

Literacy with the Lionesses reading resources

Euro Lionesses Literacy with the lionessesThe England Women’s team look like they have a very good chance of taking home the trophy at the Women’s Euros this summer. To capitalise on the excitement around the tournament, we have teamed up with The FA to create a toolkit for teachers based around the Lionesses at the Women’s Euros.

The free Literacy with the Lionesses toolkit is packed with fun football-themed activities for boys and girls in Years 5 to 8, using the excitement around the Lionesses’ progress in the Women’s Euros to develop boys’ and girls’ writing and reading skills.

The toolkit is available for download now, along with several supporting resources and worksheets.

Dutch Diaries live story

Dutch DiariesDutch Diaries is an episodic story by top children's author Tom Palmer, which follows the Lionesses at the Women’s Euros. The story is being released a chapter at a time during the summer term.

Dutch Diaries is designed to be read aloud to a whole class or in an assembly, and used in conjunction with the Literacy with the Lionesses toolkit.

Download Dutch Diaries for free here.

The FA Writing Challenges

FA writing challengesStudents from five schools have won equipment packages and free tickets for a whole class to attend the SSE Women's FA Cup Final by taking part in three free writing challenges for students from Years 7 & 8. Aimed at both boys and girls, the FA Writing Challenges asked students to write speeches, poems and newspaper articles. Each challenge was introduced by inspirational videos of top female players and supported by sets of free teaching resources. 

The competition is now closed but the resources, including lesson plans and videos, have been re-purposed and are now available to download for free. 

Download writing challenge 1
Download writing challenge 2
Download writing challenge 3

Active Literacy

active literacyAs part of their Primary Playgrounds scheme, the FA has created the new Active Literacy programme, which uses the power of storytelling to engage girls aged five to eight years old in team sports. The stories are used to develop fundamental movement skills, leadership skills and confidence whilst motivating them to read for enjoyment. The programme is currently being piloted in a number of schools across the country but if this is something you would like to get involved with in the future please email us.

Euro 2016 and Battle of the Somme literacy toolkit

Footballs - Euro 20161 July 2016 marked the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme and coincided with the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament taking place in France. To mark these historical moments we created resources designed to motivate children’s reading and writing.  

You can still access these free resources here


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