World Cup 2018 literacy tips

Tap into your child’s excitement around the World Cup to help boost their literacy! Our top tips and ideas use the tournament to improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

  • Have a kick about the library – Visit the library to find literature that your child is passionate about. The library will have a selection of autobiographies, magazines, club histories, poetry and access to football websites. Look out for fiction written by your child’s favourite footballers, such as Frank Lampard, or you could also challenge your child to find out about the different countries that are competing by looking through a children’s atlas or encyclopaedia.

  • Coach yourself – It’s important for you to read the same books as your child. If they see you taking an interest in what they’re reading, they will feel supported. By dipping into their favourite football stories, you will be able to engage with their passion for the game, and share your own thoughts about their favourite teams and players.

  • Newspaper – Keep the daily sports section of the newspaper on the table for you and your child to read. If you don’t usually buy a newspaper then it is easy to search for articles online.

  • Have I got World Cup news for you – Black out one of the words in a football newspaper headline and get your child to guess what the word might be. Read the article together afterwards and discuss what it was about.

  • Become a journalist – After a match, encourage your child to write a few sentences to sum up what happened - just like a real journalist! If a family member misses the game then they will have your child’s match report to let them know what they missed.

  • Spark some competition – Challenge your family to a World Cup prediction game! Use information from websites, magazines and newspapers to predict who you think will win the World Cup and which players will be the best scorers. Together you can make a big poster with everyone’s predictions on to hang up on the wall and keep track of the winners.

  • Online gamesThe Premier League Primary Stars website has a great game that tests spelling and maths skills with fun football-related animations.

  • YouTube – The Football School books by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton also have their own YouTube channel, where children can watch a series of short, educational videos that combine football with geography, history, science, literacy and maths.

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