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Friday Family Challenge: Create a character

29 May 2020

Author Dan Freedman encourages families to develop a character for a football-themed story

Each week Premier League Primary Stars helps families keep their children educated and entertained with the Friday Family Challenge.

And this week author Dan Freedman, who penned the Jamie Johnson series of books, is asking families to create a character who can feature in a football-themed story.

For this challenge, which is run in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, you will need to come up with a name, background details and the likes and dislikes of your main character.

You could think about:

- What your character is hoping to achieve.
- What is stopping them from achieving it.
- How they are going to overcome what is stopping them.

The more details you include, the more realistic the character will become.

You can then start creating a story based on that character or you and your family can have fun coming up with a character each and then working out a story that sees them all fit together.

Head here to download the Create a Character activity. If you are unable to print, simply grab some paper and a pen and start being creative.

See: Create a character challenge

You can share the characters you have created with us on Twitter @PLCommunities #PLPrimaryStars or via email at

Facebook live event

This week's challenge also has a great live element available for those who will be back at school or continuing with home learning next week.

Dan Freedman will be taking part in a live Q&A football-themed event hosted by CBBC presenter Ben Shires on the National Literacy Trust's Facebook page on Tuesday, 2 June at 11:30 BST.

You can join in and ask Dan any questions, while children who submit their original characters for the challenge will be in with a chance of receiving a very special Premier League reward for their school, details of which will be announced during the live event.

Dan is also the National Literacy Trust's Author of the Week, so families can take a look at exciting Premier League Primary Stars football-themed activities that will launch from Monday, 1 June on the NLT's Family Zone.

These will include:

- A video of Dan Freedman talking about his journey from reluctant reader to children's author
- Dan Freedman reading an excerpt from his very first Jamie Johnson book, The Kick Off 
- A free ebook download of The Kick Off  for children to enjoy

More activities

For more exciting home-learning activities for the family to try, check out the Primary Stars website.

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