Promote learning with these football themed questions covering literacy, numeracy, history, geography, design technology, creativity, physical activity and independent research skills.
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1. Shane Long scored the quickest goal in Premier League history in 2019. He took 7.69 seconds to score for Southampton against Watford. Ledley King scored a goal for Spurs in 9.82 seconds and Alan Shearer once scored a goal for Newcastle in 10.52 seconds.
How much quicker was Long’s goal compared to Shearers? Try to round up each goal scoring time to the nearest tenth.
Extension – Find out what the top 10 quickest Premier League goals are and make up some maths problems for an adult to solve.
2. Build a football stadium out of Lego. Send your friend a picture of your creation and challenge them to build one too.
3. Research the history of any football team you like. When were they established? Where did they play? What was their kit? Write two paragraphs describing the team. Remember to edit your work, checking for correct punctuation and spelling.
Extension – use what you have found out to create a leaflet, presentation, poster or video. Send this to a grandparent, friend, parent or carer, and then ask them questions about the team.
4. Design your own football kit using a template like this
https://theterracestore.com/products/retro-kit-colouring-book-vol-1 You can tweet your creations to @theterracelife
5. Find out who got to the quarterfinals of the Men’s World Cup 2018. Plot each country on a map.
Extension – Find out 5 facts about each country and make a leaflet to present your findings.
6. Research and list 6 football crests featuring animals. Re-design one using a different animal. What did you choose and why?
7. Practice your keepy-ups with a bounce. Count them until you lose control of the ball, then continue with the number you finished on until you reach 30
8. England won the World Cup in 1966. Answer the following questions:
· Work out how many years ago it was when they won
· Find out two other things about 1966 and describe them
Extension - Who scored a hatrick in the final? Write a World Cup diary as if you were this player. What might he have been thinking and feeling during this World Cup?
9. Who is your favourite footballer? Write a newspaper article about them. Include facts such as where they were born and when, who they have played for, who they play for now, who has inspired them?
10. Design a new material for football shirts that would be eco friendly. What would you use and how would it be sustainable?
Extension - Pretend that you are presenting your engineering design to the judges on Dragon's Den. What would you say to them to convince them that your design should be invested in?
11. Pick out two Match Attax cards. Find the defence and attack values. Take the smallest number away from the biggest number. Repeat this 5 times with different cards.
12. A footballer needs protein, carbohydrates & vitamins and minerals to stay fit and healthy. Find out what foods a footballer could eat in order to get all three.
Show your findings by filling a drawn plate/circle on a piece of paper with the healthy foods. You can draw these or cut them out of a magazine.
This website may help you http://www.5-a-side.com/nutrition/what-should-i-eat-for-football/
13. Research one these two footballers and present your findings in a poster or poem. Choose either Marta or Ada Hegerberg
Extension – Find similarities and differences between the two players and present these in a comparison table
14. Find a clip of a football match on TV or online. Turn the sound down and commentate on what is happening.
15. Pick out 20 Match Attax cards. Order them from high to low in order of their attack scores.
Who has the highest score? Who has the lowest? How many more does the highest have than the lowest?
16. Liverpool have 82 points this season. Man City have 57. Norwich have 21. How many more than Man City does Liverpool have? How many more points than Norwich does Man City have?
17. Write a visitors guide about your local football club. Include details such as when it was established, where it is, who plays there, how much tickets cost. Illustrate your guide with pictures you have drawn. Be creative as you like.
18. The Cruyff Turn is a dribbling trick perfected by a very influential footballer named Johan Cruyff. Find out more about the turn, describe it to someone else and then practice it yourself.
Extension – Write a short biography or create a poster about Johan Cruyff.
19. Pelé was an exceptionally talented footballer. He once said “I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint.”
Find out more about the two people he mentions. What do you think Pelé meant by his comment? Explain it to someone else.
Extension - Draw a picture inspired by all three of these famous people. Use your imagination to represent football, music and art in one image.
20. The 2019 Women’s World Cup saw Norway, England, France and the USA reach the quarterfinals. Draw all four of their national flags.
Extension – Find out 5 facts about Norway and tell someone else about the country.
21. Write an acrostic poem using the letters F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L
You can find out more about acrostic poems here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybexYTzmZ5Y
22. Imagine this….The Government has decided to ban all football. Write a letter to the Prime Minister so that he will change their mind. Think about why football is important.
Why should people be allowed to play it, watch it and talk about it? Does it affect our physical and mental health?
Use a range of sentence starters to make your writing interesting to read.
Use persuasive language to make your writing powerful.
23. Imagine you are the subject of a Match of the Day Magazine article. The writer has asked you to send her some facts about yourself.
Make some notes for the article including:-
When you started playing football?
Who is your inspiration?
What team you play for (you can make one up if you like)
What is your position?
What are your strengths?
What advice would you give someone who is just starting to play football?
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