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Year 5 Homework - BBC 500 Words Story Writing

Year 5! Get your typing fingers at the ready!

YOUR HOMEWORK MIGHT WIN YOU A PRIZE!

 

The annual, BBC Radio 2 '500 Words' story writing competition!

 

What you have to do:

  • Write a short story, in NO MORE than 500 words!
  • It must be typed and emailed to your teacher (or handed in on a USB stick.)

 

What you can win:

 

       

1st Prize: Chris Evans' height in books (and 500 books for the school).

2nd Prize: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall's height in books.

3rd Prize: Your height in books!

The winner will also get to ride in THE original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car as well as have tea on on the Thames on the Queen's rowbarge, The Gloriana!

      

Last year, the winners got to meet David Walliams and Olly Murs at the final!

 

 

HOMEWORK MUST BE HANDED IN BY THURSDAY 8th FEBRUARY - you have 3 weeks!

If you want help and advice, your teachers will be willing to go over your ideas and don't forget, you can use Homework Club as a place to draft story ideas.

We will organise an ICT Suite lunchtime session, too for you to work on your stories.

 

STUCK FOR A STORY IDEA?

Watch the previous winners' stories here!

 

David Walliams and friends, have some writing tips:

Jaqueline Willson:

Anthony Horowitz

 

 

WHAT THE STORIES WILL BE JUDGED ON:

Originality -  do not use existing characters like: Harry Potter, Grendel, etc

Plot - create your own story - you could do a twist on a tale, like our Red Riding Hood story!

Characterisation - build a wonderous character: their feelings; description reflects their mood, etc.

Language - use powerful vocab... have your Personal Dictionary handy!(Simile, personification, alliteration, repetition, etc.)

Enjoyment - mesmerise the judge, make them laugh, make them want more, end on a cliff hanger...

 

You WILL NOT BE JUDGED ON SPELLING AND GRAMMAR!

 

There are some LIVE LESSONS that you can watch that will help you with your ideas!

You'll get help from the famous children's author, Malorie Blackman as well as other celebrities!

Learn how to write a great ending that will leave your readers wanting more and how to create fabulous characters!

Watch the LIVE LESSON here... or:

 

 

How to create a plot:

 

 Create a story setting:

 

The full LIVE LESSON (with Mallorie Blackman and Frank Cotrell Boyce) - You'll get some great tips!

 

 

Last year's winners and listen to their stories being read out by famous celebrities! This could be you!

 

Some helpful links:

Frequently Asked Questions

Rules

Privacy Notice

 

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL YEAR 5 HOMEWORK as this is part of our Narrative Unit, in Literacy.

Writing must be handed in by all students.

If your parent or carer does not want your writing submitted as an entry, they must inform your teacher.

Your writing will be marked but it will not be entered into the competition.

 

GOOD LUCK!

Your 3 weeks starts now!

YOUR TEACHER WILL GIVE YOU YOUR SPECIAL EMAIL ADDRESS, FOR YOUR CLASS!

Do not send in your entry yourself, as Miss M will be sending all the Year 5 entries together.

 

 

  • Horsenden Primary School
  • Horsenden Lane North
  • Greenford
  • Middlesex
  • UB6 0PB
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 020 8422 5985
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