Match Report


Why do this project?

Any sportswriter who thinks the world is no bigger than the outfield fence is a lousy writer – Red Smith

I once played a very important squash match when I was 11. It was the Under 12’s East Sussex County Championship, Division Three, Group F, Section B relegation playoff. As I say, very important. I was concentrating so hard on the game that I decided to forget about breathing – it was obviously too much of a distraction. I ended up making myself unconscious as the result. My point is that sport is really important to many people’s lives – particularly children’s. For example, it was Liverpool manager Bill Shankley who famously declared that ‘some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that’. Football, and in fact all sport, is full of drama and stories. A match reporter’s job is to try and share that story.

This class writing project provides you with:

+ Comprehensive teacher notes:

  • Suggestions for both year group and whole school writing progression
  • Advice for teachers on how to write great mentor texts
  • Over 30 writing study and functional grammar mini-lessons
  • Suggested book list for your classroom library

+ You also receive our popular and photocopiable child-facing Genre Booklet which includes:

  • Year 4 purpose and audience writing wheel
  • Publishing and performance menu
  • An exemplar text
  • Idea generation techniques
  • Dabbling and drafting advice
  • Revision checklist
  • Editing checklist

+ Finally, we also provide you with our guide to teaching writing to help you get started.

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