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Home learning - Create a Character challenge


Home learning - Create a Character challenge

KS1/Foundation, KS2

We have teamed up with the National Literacy Trust and author Dan Freedman to bring you the Create a Character challenge.

We want you to create your own fictional character that could be part of a really fun football story or part of the world of Jamie Johnson, the main character in Dan Freedman's book series. He is a football-obsessed boy hoping to become a world-class footballer. 

Take part in the weekly challenge.

Don't forget to share your ideas about your character on Twitter via @PLCommunities using #PLPRimaryStars or email By sharing your character ideas, you could be our Star of the Week, be in our community story or be featured on

What resources are in this pack?

Learning outcomes

Children will:

  • be creative and use their imagination in order to create a fictional character
  • increase their engagement and confidence in books and reading

Film: Create a character challenge

Watch author Dan Freedman introduce this week's Premier League Primary Stars family challenge.

TV presenter Ben Shires hosted a brilliant live event and interviewed Dan about what it takes to become a football writer - watch the interview. You can also get your hands on a free copy of the first Jamie Johnson book 'The Kick Off' from the National Literacy Trust Family Zone.


The challenge: Create a character

Download the challenge PDF for more information and the template so that you can take part in the family challenge. Be creative and have fun!

If you don't have a printer, draw your characters on a piece of paper and take a photo. 

Don't miss out on the opportunity to be starred on the Primary Stars community news story and be our Star of the Week or the chance to feature on the  and email your characters to or tweet @PLCommunities using the #PLPrimaryStars.