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Friday Family Challenges from Premier League Primary Stars

By Premier League Primary Stars · Thu 23 April 2020

Every week, we are setting education-linked challenges that are a great way for you and your family to get involved in fun football-related activities that will inspire and engage.

Why not have a go at this week’s kindness challenge for Mental Health Awareness Week? Show us the goals you've set for the week on Twitter at @PLCommunities using #PLPrimaryStars or drop us an email at We will feature some of the best on our Premier League Primary Stars community page and on

Remember to stay safe online - only include the young person's first name and age on their pictures, posts and correspondence with us.


Challenge 9: Be Kind Challenge (22 May 2020)

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme for this year is ‘kindness’. Based on this theme, ex-Premier League footballer and TV presenter Dion Dublin is here to explain what we’d like you to do for this week’s Friday Challenge:

This week, we would like you to list some acts of kindness that you and your family will carry out over the coming week.

This could include clapping for the NHS and carers on Thursday at 8pm, checking on someone who may be isolated at the moment by giving them a call, simply thanking your parents for all of their help with your home learning or helping out with a household chore.

To help you to set your goals, you may want to download our Kindness Goals worksheet to write down the acts of kindness you will aim to do and see which ones you can achieve.

Tell us how you’ve been making a positive difference by sharing your acts of kindness with us on Twitter at @PLCommunities with #PLPrimaryStars or via email at You could send in a video of your act of kindness, or simply share your completed Kindness Goals worksheet with us. Whatever you choose to share, you could end up being featured on or in our community story, so make sure to get in touch!


Challenge 8: Share a Story Challenge (15 May)

This week we’re continuing our #GetInTouch themed challenges by asking your family to write a story to send to somebody. TV and sports presenter Kelly Cates is here to introduce you to this week’s task.

Audio-transcribed version. 

We want you to complete our story in your own words that can be found on the Share a Story template in our Connecting Generations activity pack. You can be as creative as you like with your story. Why not add some extra characters such as a Premier League footballer, make it funny with a joke, or draw some illustrations to create a comic strip? 

Here is the story:

Harry and Mia had been kicking their football against the wall all morning.
“Right, you two!” called Mum. “Let’s go out and walk off some of that energy.”

Mia scooped up the football in her arms and the trio set off down the road. They were just about to stroll past the large house on the corner, when a loud noise made them all jump. The football dropped to the floor and as Harry bent to pick it up, his jaw dropped in surprise when he saw...

Once you have finished, we would like you to #GetInTouch by sending it to an older relative, friend or neighbour - this could be the person you have contacted in a previous challenge! Whoever it is, write something in your story that you think will make them smile! 

For the chance to become our Star of the Week, be in our community story or even feature on, make sure to send us a picture and tell us who you’re sending your story to. You can do this on Twitter via @PLCommunities using #PLPrimaryStars and #GetInTouch or email us at

While we want children and young people to use their initiative and to be creative with their communication, it is important they follow social distancing guidelines and stay safe. Please see the safety tips below in challenge 6.


Challenge 7: My Inspiration Drawing Challenge (8 May 2020)

Last week we asked families to #GetInTouch and write a letter or make a call to an older relative, friend or neighbour who might be isolated at the moment. This week we would like your family to draw a picture of someone who inspires you and #GetinTouch again with the same person, or someone new. 

Your inspiration might be an NHS or key worker, a veteran, a family member or a football player.

Whoever it is, simply download the #GetInTouch 'My inspiration drawing challenge' worksheet or grab some pencils and paper and get creative. 


Don’t forget to share a picture of your drawing on Twitter via @PLCommunities using #PLPrimaryStars and #GetInTouch or email, before posting it to the person you got in touch with in last week’s challenge. If you didn’t send a letter there’s no need to worry, you can still choose somebody to send your picture to and brighten their day!

By sharing your picture, you could be our Star of the Week, be in our community story or be featured on

While we want children and young people to use their initiative and to be creative with their communication, it is important they follow social distancing guidelines and stay safe. Please see the safety tips for Challenge 6 below.


Challenge 6: Get In Touch Challenge (1 May 2020)

This week, we want you to stay connected with our Get In Touch letter writing challenge, introduced by TV presenter Dan Walker.

Audio-transcribed version. 

As a household, we would like you to #GetInTouch with somebody who may be isolated at this time. Reach out to an older relative, friend or neighbour by writing them a letter that will brighten their day. You could write about football, your hobbies, family or ask them how they are at the moment.

Download our free Connecting Generations letter writing pack full of activity sheets and great ideas to help you to get started.

We’d love to hear who you have written your letter to, so let us know and send us a picture on Twitter to @PLCommunities using #PLPrimaryStars and #GetInTouch, or email   

You could be our Star of the Week, be in our community story or be featured on, so make sure you get involved!

You can also check out our home learning section for more great activities and ideas.

Parents/carers: Safety while your children take part in this activity

While we want children and young people to use their initiative and to be creative with their communication, it is important they follow social distancing guidelines and stay safe.

Safety tips

  • Parents/carers should stay engaged and support their children, particularly if taking part online or by phone.
  • Think carefully about what is uploaded or shared on social media platforms.
  • Keep personal information private and take care not to give away too much identifiable information in photos and videos.
  • Make sure you have permission to take and share photos or videos of relatives, friends or neighbours.
  • Children and young people should never meet up with anyone they don’t know in real life without a parent/carer present.
  • It is important to talk to your child regularly about online safety. Let them know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they’re feeling worried, pressured, upset or unsafe.

Children and young people can visit ChildLine for advice or support about a wide range of issues.
Parents/carers can visit Internet Matters for online safety advice and support.


Challenge 5: Maths Star Training Challenge (24 April 2020)

This week, we want all the members of your household to take part in our maths training activity. TV presenter and mathematician Rachel Riley is here with everything you need to know.

Audio-transcribed version. 

So, grab a washing basket, bucket or box, some rolled up pairs of socks, a pen and paper.

Decide where the throw line will be, then grab the socks, stand behind the line and then see how many you can throw into the basket in 30 seconds. Depending on how fast you are and how many pairs of socks you have, you might need to quickly retrieve the socks, run back to the throw line and carry on for the 30 seconds .

Make a note of how many socks hit the target in that time for each member of the household. Then, using that data, draw a bar chart showing each person’s score.

Download the Bar Chart Challenge worksheet from our Handling Data in Football resources to help you create your bar charts.

If you don’t have these items available at home, you can change the activity to use items you do have.

Don’t forget to share how you’ve been getting on with this week’s challenge by tweeting us at @PLCommunities using #PLPrimaryStars, or emailing You could be featured as our Star of the Week or appear in our community story!

Make sure to also check out our Home Learning section for more great activities and ideas.


Challenge 4: Character Drawing Challenge (17 April 2020)

As author and illustrator of the How To Train Your Dragon books, who better than Cressida Cowell to come back and introduce our week 4 family challenge?

Audio-transcribed version. 

We want your family to draw your favourite character from the book you read together for last week’s Reading Challenge. If you couldn’t take part last week, don’t worry you can still join in; pick your favourite character from your favourite book, or pick a new book and read it together now.

Grab your pens and paper and get drawing!  Use your imagination and be as creative as possible, then share a photo of your illustration with us on Twitter at @PLCommunities using #PLPrimaryStars, or email us at

We have provided a drawing template as part of the Five-a-side Reading Challenge pack but feel free to use any paper, card or any other materials you have at home. The best will be shared on our community page or!


Challenge 3: Five-a-side Reading Challenge (10 April 2020)

Over the next two weeks, we want you to take on our Five-a-side Reading Challenge set by TV presenter Ben Shires.
Audio-transcribed version. 

As a family, we want you to choose the perfect book to read together in your household. You could choose a story book, a matchday programme, a magazine, or a poetry book – anything you like!

You can take it in turns to read a page or chapter each out loud, or you could nominate a family storyteller.

To pick the right book for you, make sure to use the five-finger rule from our Five-a-side Reading Challenge pack:

Open a book to any page and read it. Hold a finger up for every word you do not know.

0-1 words= Too easy
2-3 words = Just right
4 words = Give it a try!
5 words = Too hard

Show us what reading together looks like where you are and what you’ve been reading by sending us a picture or video to or tweet us at @PLCommunities using #PLPrimaryStars. We will feature our favourites in our community news story, and you could even be chosen as our star of the week!

Get in touch - we can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading!


Challenge 2: Stick with Maths Challenge (3 April 2020)

This week we want you to tackle a maths puzzle from our Stick with Maths pack which has been set by teacher and author Bobby Seagull. See if you can work out where the Premier League players need to stand in their team photo using data from their Panini stickers.


You can find this challenge in the Main activity for children aged 7-9 in the Home learning - Stick with Maths pack. You can also find lots of other maths puzzles in the pack.


You have been asked to take a team photo of a selection of Premier League players.

We need you to determine which of these players stands in spots A to E, based on the data on their Panini stickers.

Can you help get the players into position?

- Player A is the tallest player
- Player B is the goalkeeper
- Player C is shorter than the players in the front row
- Player D is 4cm shorter than Player B
- Player E is 10cm taller than Player D

Harry Maguire is 1.94m tall.

Patrick van Aanholt is 1.76m tall.

Mat Ryan is 1.84m tall.

Callum Wilson is 1.80m tall.

Sebastien Haller is 1.90m tall.

Download: Today's PL Primary Stars Friday Family Challenge on maths (5.7MB)

Have you worked it out? You can watch Bobby Seagull reveal the answer and check to see if you got it right.  

We have also put together some top tips for tackling maths anxiety.


Challenge 1: Premier League Writing Stars Challenge (27 March - 3 April 2020) 

This week, we want you to work together to create a poem on ambition, dreaming big for yourselves and the world around you.

And to help you, we have a message from Cressida Cowell, the Waterstones Children’s Laureate and author of the popular children's books How To Train Your Dragon.

Everything you need to get involved and inspired can be found in our free Premier League Writing Stars resources in our Home Learning section.

We have loved reading your poems! Here are just a few of the fantastic poems which you shared.