Football maths and spelling resources prove a lockdown hit

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Free education resources supported by 110 professional football clubs have been downloaded more than 20,000 during the Covid-19 lockdown – and are still available.

The most popular resource – a maths and spelling game called Solve, Shoot, Score – features animations of Premier League footballers and has had more than 31,000 plays.

The resources have been created by the Premier League Primary Stars initiative and are available on its home-learning hub. The curriculum-linked resources include spelling challenges, maths puzzles as well as football exercises.

There are also Family Challenges, which aim to get families and schools involved in football-related activities which can be done at home or at school. These will continue for the rest of the academic year.

And recently Dan Freedman, the author of the Jamie Johnson football novels, has challenged children to create their own fictional character that could be part of a football-themed story. There is a free activity pack offering tips and ideas to get started.

Children who submit their original characters for the challenge will be in with a chance of receiving a Premier League trophy visit for their primary school, when it is safe to do so.

Nick Perchard, head of community at the Premier League, said: “We have been working with teachers and parents to create these resources for a home or school environment. Every resource supports the curriculum and is designed to educate and entertain children by connecting learning to the real world of sport.”

Six of the most popular resources on the website include:

  1. Solve, Shoot, Score resource:
  2. Football Fun Activity Pack:
  3. Stick with Maths:
  4. Handling Data in Football:
  5. Position and Direction in Football:
  6. Premier League Writing Stars Poetry Challenge:

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