500 Words 2017 – Live Lesson

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Inspiring a new generation of storytellers

We’re very excited to be working with our friends at BBC Radio 2 to produce a special Live Lesson to celebrate the launch of their fabulous 500 Words story writing competition in 2017.

Now in its 7th year, 500 Words is open to every 5-13 year old in the UK and has become one of the most popular story-writing competitions for kids in the world.

Nearly half a million children have been inspired to write stories so far - that's over 277 MILLION words. Why not get your class involved this year if you’ve not taken part previously, or reignite imaginations if your school is a regular to the competition?

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.

Want to get involved?

Have a look at our full lesson guide for teachers and activity sheets for pupils, available on this page.

Get ready for the Live Lesson