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Sport and reading


Sport and reading

What to do with this activity?

Your child might love sport and not be very keen on reading. That's not unusual.

Show your child that it's worth reading about sport. They can find out loads about their sporting heroes, get tips on fitness and techniques, and read exciting real life and fictional stories about sports events. Read short pieces from the sports pages of newspapers or magazines together. Look out for books and stories about sport in your local library, which is free to join. Whatever your child is passionate about, find things for them to read that fuels that passion. 

How many different sports does your child know about? Here's a link to an A to Z of sports from around the world - some of them we've never heard of.  

Here are some online sports quizzes for you to enjoy together.



  • Why am I doing this?

    It’s important to encourage whatever reading your child is doing at this age. Children have their own interests and hobbies so they will be more inclined to read information about these subjects. Having comics, papers or magazines around the house will make it easier for your child to get into reading. Your child might find it appealing to read online and you might like that the book can be read by an automated voice. E books can be looked at when you are on the move, making sure that your child is careful with your computer or phone.

  • How can I do more?

    Your child might like to read a section of the newspaper or a magazine – the sports, fashion or cooking sections - depending on their interests. They might like to read a short piece from a newspaper and underline facts with a pen and opinion with a pencil. You can then talk about the difference between fact and opinion (there are good examples in sports writing). Encourage your child to read instructions for mending bikes, building models and playing new games.

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