What we do

Literacy Kicks offers set lessons for primary and secondary schools from Years 5 to 9, taking students inside the exciting world of sports journalism and presenting innovative, authentic writing tasks for them to complete. Available as a six-week programme or individual sessions, the lessons include elements of research, note-taking, editing, working under pressure and post-event interviews with the key figures involved.

Developed alongside experienced teachers, each lesson includes a writing assignment that sees students complete match reports, profile features or opinion pieces centred around notable sporting occasions. Through communication with teachers prior to the lessons, we can incorporate key learning indicators that individual classes are working on during each session that is delivered. Workbooks for learners are provided whichever programme is chosen.

The 2023/24 school year has six new lessons. There is a match reporting session on England’s current Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, a profile writing lesson featuring an iconic Paralympics star and an opinion piece on whether sports stars should use their influence to become involved in politics. Also included is writing an article on the history of women’s football in England – from being banned to the success of the Lionesses – and a live blogging session on an action-packed sporting event. Five of the six lessons are writing exercises, with the other seeing students take on the role of a newspaper sub editor, correcting spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes.

Literacy Kicks is also able to tailor lessons to link with specific sporting clubs who want their organisation to be the subject featured. Should a club be delivering a heritage project in its area, it could add a literacy element to it through these lessons, where their organisation becomes the focal point.