PL Reading Stars

This 10 week literacy intervention for Year 5 and 6 pupils aims to stimulate literacy engagement in children who love football but lack motivation in reading. Reports from the National Literacy Trust show that this programme can have a significant impact on the attainment and attitude of pupils. Sessions and resources are linked to football, which children also having access to celebration events, mascot visits and ticket offers to add to their motivation levels!

* For an additional £25 per hour the coaches can stay and deliver a physical activity session

What is included?

Pre Course – Reading with Rammie breakfast assembly

Creating opportunities for family engagement


Fixture 1 – The Kick-off

Introduction of the Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) programme.

Discussing the purpose of reading and the different types of texts that are available to read.


Fixture 2 – Five-a-side

Introduction of the five finger rule to help them select the most appropriate book.

Recommending a text to their peers using the concept of a star, a wish and a wonder


Fixture 3 – Reading the game

Using tools to comprehend a text and discuss it with their peers effectively.

Three key skills needed for comprehension: predicting, clarifying and questioning.


Fixture 4 – In the news

To read and understand range of newspaper articles and headlines relating to football.

Understand and question the content using the ‘four Ws’ (what, who, when and where)


Fixture 5 – Player Profile

Reading magazines and the impact that they have on the reader and the subject.

Difference between facts and opinions, and be able to identify them in text.


Fixture 6 – Home Page

Learn about the range of information available online, including websites and blogging.

Evaluate online texts effectively whilst learning to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.


Fixture 7 – Team Talk

Creating a ‘role on the wall’ to describe the two protagonists in the scene.

Pupils will then use the scene in a number of role-play activities including thought-tracking.


Fixture 8 – Hot Seat Heroes

To understand how different people are affected by a positive event in football through characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions by using evidence in videos and texts, demonstrating their understanding of this through a ‘hot-seating’ speaking and listening activity.


Fixture 9 – Poetry Slam

Explore a range of poetry, including football songs and performance poetry.

Prepare and perform a football poem in a group and encouraged to use intonation, tone, volume and actions to demonstrate meaning.


Fixture 10 – Pass it on

Pupils evaluate the programme and present on what they have learnt.

For more information on the programme contact: [email protected]

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