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100 Word Challenge

100 Word Challenge

This week I’m not going to discuss a new website or ICT resource but I am going to share an that has taken off in one class in particular at my school and with many others all over Twitter. The 100 Word Challenge is an idea from an ex-headteacher called Julia Skinner. Each week she posts a writing prompt or stimulus and asks children to come up with a story or piece of writing in…100 words.  The prompt may be a picture, question or a few words. Recent examples include:

  • Everyone clapped and cheered apart from…
  • the music seemed to come from…
  • The crystal water was so clear you could see the bottom of…

At my school we write these challenges on our blog and then link them back so that they are collated in one place. Now, if you don’t have a blog you can read my blogpost here to help or just keep it low-tech. Why not use it as a writing stimulus at the start of a literacy lesson or in the morning when children come in to class during the register?

I know Julia would love for you to send her the writing online, but of course, you don’t have to. There are often 50+ examples of stories and writing from children as the week goes on.

So, why not load up the website below and see what amazing writing your children come up with. A new challenge is posted each Friday.

Explanation post here and all of the related posts are here.


Author: Ian Addison

I am an ICT coordinator at St John the Baptist Primary School in Waltham Chase, Hampshire. I have been here since September and since starting I have overseen the implementation of Google Apps and whole school blogs among other things. Before starting at St John’s I spent two years working for Hampshire LA as a VLE consultant. In 2010 I attended the Google Teacher Academy in London.

1 Comment to “100 Word Challenge”
  1. Wow! Thank you SO much for this Ian. Dawn is doing a fantastic job & is my best ambassador!

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