Reading the Game is one of Blackpool FC Community Trust’s targeted intervention programmes and is delivered as part of our School Sport Offer. The programme aims to increase enjoyment, confidence levels and frequency of reading and writing, in addition to the ability of pupils.
Reading the game is delivered across an initial six-week period to specifically targeted disengaged pupils. Throughout the programme pupils work through a bespoke workbook. All sessions are designed to incorporate important elements of the National Curriculum and give lagging pupils the boost that they need to continue along the right path with their education.
The pupils participate fantastically throughout the programme, engaging with the coaches in a less formal environment whilst practicing their handwriting, improving their spelling, their grammar and punctuation. They also get the opportunity to read silently and aloud as well as speaking in class group discussions and broadening their vocabulary.
Pupils have the opportunity to look at and discuss a variety of reading formats i.e. books, magazines, websites and blogs. Through these platforms pupils will not only engage more in reading, but will also practise their comprehension skills.
As part of Reading the Game, pupils have access to the ‘Primary Stars Book Box’ to use as a library and gain confidence in choosing appropriate level books.
The weeks are split into ‘fixtures’, with each fixture focusing on a part of the national curriculum. Some examples of fixtures are ‘joke hunting’, skimming and scanning, and looking at layouts of text.
In one of the weeks we look at interviews from managers and players, using these they write their own questions as reporters.
Each fixture ends with a ‘Group Text’ session. A relevant book is chosen to be read as a group each week. Pupils are given the opportunity to use their comprehension skills to answer questions on the text e.g. character inference and story prediction.
Token prizes are available for struggling pupils that excel each week as well as winners of the ‘Word of the Week’ competition, which runs throughout Reading the Game and helps to widen pupils’ vocabulary incorporating homework or out of session research to find the best word they can, following specific parameters, set out depending on the ability of the group.