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Football Fever for the Classroom
 
Poetry Ideas

A reading of the poem 'Clever Trevor' by Benjamin Zephaniah

The poet Benjamin Zephaniah describes how he used to think nurses were women, police were men and poets were boring, until he became one of them! He then performs his humorous poem 'Clever Trevor', which describes how a footballer scores and celebrates a goal. It also expresses confusion about how the footballer acts and what he does.

Love Football, Love Reading

by Tom Palmer

A toolkit for practitioners which uses football to motivate young people to improve their literacy skills.

Euro 2016 and Battle of the Somme Literacy Toolkit

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!

Booklists
 

The Football Boy Wonder

by Martin Smith

 

Charlie Fry is football mad. He sleeps wearing his team’s full kit and dreams of scoring the winning goal in an FA Cup final. He plays football around the clock – at the park, on the way to school, at lunchtimes and even in his bedroom until his mum tells him off. But Charlie has a problem: he can’t run very far. He has plenty of skill but his poorly lungs stop him from sprinting. And as an 11-year-old planning to become the Golden Boot winner at the next World Cup, that’s a bit of an issue. Then one day a freak accident presents Charlie with a unique goal-scoring gift – it means he can’t miss. But can Charlie convince his local team Hall Park to give him the chance and use his new found skill to deadly effect? Or will the nasty bullies from his school keep him stuck on the sidelines? ** The Football Boy Wonder is a football story for children aged 7-13. It looks at themes such as bullying, friendship, loyalty and the wonderful world of football.

Football Fever

by Alan Durant

 

William has caught football fever. His symptoms are so severe that his sister's afraid there's no cure. He eats, talks and dreams football, and he's driving his sister crazy! Then one day William's dream comes true and Dad takes him to a football club for the first time. The match kicks off and the tension builds. The score is nil-nil and William has the ball. Will he score and be hero for the day? And who'll be next to catch the football bug?!

Football Fever by Alan Durant and illustrated by Kate Leake is a joyous celebration of football, perfect for footie mad boys and girls everywhere.

Football Mad 4-in-1

by Alan MacDonald

Four goal-scoring books in one!
·Mark's Dream Team 
·Nice One, Sam! 
·There's Only One Danny Ogle 
·The Worst Team in the World 
Kick it, pass it, head it, cross it, live it, dream it - SCORE! If you're mad about football, you'd be mad to miss this book! 
Four awesome stories about all kinds of players - some great, some rubbish, some fair, some foul - all MAD ABOUT FOOTBALL! 
Whether you like to play football, watch football, wear your team's shirt, or just love kicking a ball around the garden, there's a story in here for you. 
Black and white illustrations throughout.

Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend 

by Francesca Simon

 

Horrid Henry reads Perfect Peter's diary and improves it; goes clothes shopping with Mum and tries to make her buy him some Rootatoot trainers; is horrified when his old enemy Bossy Bill turns up at school; and tries by any means, fair or foul, to win the class football match and defeat Moody Margaret.

Football Crazy 

by Tony Bradman

 

When football legend Joe Ramsey agrees to coach their team, Danny, Lewis and Jamil are delighted! But Coach Ramsey is tough. Very tough. Can the boys survive the pressures of the team and still enjoy the game? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+

Cool! 

by Michael Morpurgo

 

Michael Morpurgo’s inspiring story of Robbie, a boy in a coma – victim of a car accident. Locked inside his own head, able to hear but not move or speak, Robbie tries to keep himself from slipping ever deeper into unconsciousness.

Robbie, football fan and animal lover, runs after his dog Lucky one day when he chases a cat and is hit by a car. Unconscious, Robbie lies in hospital, unable to speak, move or eat. But he can hear; he is aware, even though his family and friends don’t know this. Inside his head, we hear Robbie’s thoughts; on his Mum and sister, why his parents are separated. His friends and family try desperately to reach him – even Zola, his favourite Chelsea footballer, comes to see him. And still Robbie can’t ‘wake up’. Until one day, against hospital rules, Dad brings Lucky into the hospital. Can Lucky bring Robbie back to life?