Parents and Carers

Help your child to learn reading skills and freestyle tricks at home!

Welcome to Skills Academy!

At the National Literacy Trust we want all children to be confident readers and be able to communicate well in writing and talking.

We also want them to develop creativity, commitment and confidence as they learn a new skill.

If you are reading this it is likely that your child has been selected to be part of the Skills Academy group at their school to help them achieve this. 

Their teacher will take them through 10 skills lesson which will teach them a number of ways to be able to understand the text they are reading. During the lesson they will complete two online challenges which will unlock rewards about freestyle football tricks. They will need to complete the final online challenge at home to unlock the trick tutorial which will teach them how to achieve the weekly freestyle trick.

They will also learn 20 new words and read a number of exciting texts.

All you need to do to support your child is encourage them to complete challenge 3 at home. Once they have successfully completed this challenge you can then help them to learn the freestyle trick ready to demonstrate in the next lesson.



Top tips to support your child

  • Read with them for 10 minutes a day and ask them questions about the text. This will help them to learn to understand the text in greater detail.

  • Encourage them to complete online challenge 3 and help them answer the questions by using the comprehension skill they learnt in the lesson. 

  • Take them outside to help them to learn the freestyle trick using the trick tutorial video they unlock after challenge 3. Extra practise will give them confidence when showing their friends.