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Hello parents and teachers,

As a primary school teacher and parent myself I have for years been thinking of ways to motivate and inspire children throughout their learning. I use many tried and tested formulae and some new and innovative.

Over the years, when I have tried to think of new ideas for engaging children in the school curriculum, and in particular some hard-to-reach-boys, I normally arrive at two passions of mine. Two passions I share with millions around the world. Games and football.

With that in mind, and with the help of family and friends, I designed a new fast-paced, socially-interactive and tactile game called Football Dice, which does not involve looking at a screen.

The possibilities for linking the game to learning in school and at home are endless and it offers a fantastic opportunity to support SEN and EAL children. Please continue reading to see just a few ideas of how you can use Football Dice to engage your children at home or at school.

Ideas for Teaching and Learning:

  • Each pack of dice comes with a fact-file on the country in the pack. These could be used to inspire children to create their own fact files on relevant countries, using ICT or non-fiction books for research purposes. An example of a fact file is at the bottom of this page. 
  • In maths, teachers could use the dice to inspire drawing, comparison and sorting of different shapes and enhance children's shape related vocabulary. Use the formation counters that are free to download on the homepage to work on maths mastery with number bonds to 10 or 20, organising the counters to offer greater challenge than just adding two numbers together, e.g. 4,3,3 or 4,4,2 (commonly used football formations that also add up to 10). Football fans could also discuss formations for hours on end, so they can be used to engage hard to reach children, especially on top of our free to download pitches.
  • For older children what better way for them to develop the connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio than explore the probability of scoring with the different dice. Or even if just looking at one die, the probability of the different commands could be considered against other commands.
  • Have you ever seen how some sports fans are able to do some fantastic calculations when figuring out seemingly very complicated permutations in football league tables, however the same people will tell you that they are terrible at maths? Well, I do not think they are and neither are our children. We just need to give them relevant and inspiring opportunities for them to apply their mathematical skills and I believe a whole class world cup, where each child “adopts” a team and plays their matches through the dice, would provide the perfect opportunity. You can find loads of free to download World Cup wall charts which your classes could use, looking at points accrued and goal difference, perfect for addition and subtraction. Lots of newspapers also provide them at no extra cost at the time of the World Cup. 
  • Children could play their matches and have their friends commentate on the action (just as I do on the Football Dice YouTube channel) to develop their speaking and listening skills, and later write up the games for newspapers/websites (templates for these will be included on our website as downloadable PDFs soon, as well as some super soccer synonyms to help your children use more varied language).
  • We will also provide nets of the cubes, so children can work on their fine motor skills, including cutting, scoring and gluing the card cubes together. We will also supply PDFs nets of all the teams we manufacture and other teams too, as well as blank ones, so children could make teams of their choice, for example other countries or even football clubs and not just international teams.  
  • In science, teachers could engage children with the questions; What are dice made of? Why are some materials used instead of others? How are they manufactured? How are they printed on? What happens to these materials over time? On what surfaces do dice roll better?
  • The videos we will be posting on our YouTube channel will sometimes feature children’s “football artwork” in them, so if you have any you would like included and the consent to share, please message me through my Football Dice facebook page and I will share them in a forthcoming video.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me on ian@footballdice.com or through my Football Dice Facebook page.

Hasta luego,

Ian

Germany fact file from Football Dice