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January 20, 2017
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Year 5/6 Abi Elphinstone Competition

Win signed copies of Abi Elphinstone’s books


Children’s author, Abi Elphinstone, is visiting our year 5/6 children on the 14th March. She is challenging them in a competition. In The Night Spinner, the Tribe travel to the mountains of the northern wilderness and on their way, they meet giants, witches and goblins. They can choose ONE of the following tasks and three lucky winners will win signed copies of all of Abi’s books!


  • Write the opening chapter to a story set up in the mountains
  • Write a poem about goblins. Or giants. Or witches. Or all three
  • Create a piece of art (Painting? Drawing? Sculpture? Installation?) using any of the following as inspiration: mountains, goblins, giants, witches.



Hand in your entries to Mrs Clarke by Monday 27th February.

The winners will be announced on 14th March.

January 18, 2017
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BBC 500 Words Competition

On Monday 16th January this year’s BBC 500 words competition was launched. This competition gives all children between 5 years and 13 years the opportunity to submit an original story of no more than 500 words to win some amazing prizes. I am delighted to be one of the judges this year and am looking forward to reading some fantastic stories. We would love children at school to enter the competition as we are very aware we have some very talented storytellers in school.

If your child is wondering where to start and is looking for inspiration they can watch the Live Lesson on the official website.Hosted by Blue Peter’s Barney Harwood and BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty, the lesson features acclaimed authors Malorie Blackman and Frank Cottrell Boyce. We’ll also be joined by some very special guests including Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Revolting Rhymes) and Arthur Parsons, Head of Design at TT Games, who make games such as LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers.

This literacy Live Lesson explores setting, character and plot. Resources are tailored to different levels, but some of the higher-level content would be more appropriate for ages 7 and up. Click  on the live lesson link to find out more.

If you have any questions or to submit an entry please visit the BBC 500 words website for more information. This year’s final takes place at the Tower of London and all 50 shortlisted children will be invited to attend. Good Luck to everyone who enters!