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Unfortunately for those of you at school, it is MY holiday that is here! I am off to see my brother in New Zealand. On the way, we will be stopping in Hong Kong for a few days and on the way back we will be visiting Singapore!
New classes joining!
It is so lovely to see all the new classes signing up to take part in 5 Sentence Challenge. I do hope you will start to link your posts as well so that we can support you with comments. Do let me know if you are having any problems linking or posting. We want to see the numbers increase!
As I am off on my travels in a few days, I thought the prompt this week could be about getting ready to go on holiday. I can then check that I have everything I need! The theme is:
…Packing for the holidays…
Things to think about:
- Where are you going?
- What will the weather be like?
- Do you need any special equipment?
- What items MUST you always have with you?
The form will close on 18th February
Where are you all?
Welcome to another prompt everyone. I missed you last time 🙁
Do let me know if you were having problems linking or if you need help with anything else!
Support for using the prompt
Over on 100 Word Challenge this week is the suggestion that we share ideas of how to use the prompt. I have lots of ideas and would really like to share how I introduce it when I’m visiting schools. Although it is aimed at 100WC there would be lots of ideas for those of you who do 5SC so do let me know if you would be interested. The details are in the newsletter!
I really want to have a showcase for this writing challenge so once you have posted do visit each other, leave a comment and then send me the ID number (in the far left column) of any post you would like to nominate.
This time we have a very busy picture with lots in it to write about. The sentences do not need to make a story but by this time in the year (for UK schools) your pupils will be moving to writing stories so a picture like this is an ideal opportunity.
This to talk about:
- What has happened?
- Has the lorry broken down?
- Are the people all in the same family?
- Who do the horses belong to?
- Who lives in the house?
- Are they in the picture?
The form will close at 11.45pm GMT on 4th February
Welcome to the first prompt of 2017! Let’s make this the best year so far for 5 Sentence Challenge!
Over the holidays various things have been done to the ‘back office’ of 5SC so hopefully it will be more slick and efficient for you.
Getting a showcase
Some of the posts that I have read have been really super and I’m sure you have found some too. Let’s get a showcase going!
To do that, you just send me the name and ID number (found on the far left column of the list). That’s it!
Setting the prompt
As we get into the year, you and your class may like to set the prompt one week. Do get in touch if you have some ideas. It would be great to involve the children more in what they write about.
Towards the end of last, I invited you to sign up to be connected to other classes to share your commenting. It is in it’s early days but if you would like to be linked, please fill out this short form
The first prompt of 2017 is:
Things to think about:
- Presents that you had that you will now be using
- Different topics in your lessons
- What is the new season like?
- Are you doing anything new with your friends?
For older students:
- What are you hoping to achieve in the new year?
The form will close on 21st January
####Last one of this year!####
The next prompt will be out in January!
Do make sure you check your newsletters which should arrive when there is a new prompt. This is where you’ll find out all the news and gossip!
This is the last 5 Sentence prompt this year and as it will be nearly Christmas when you finish, I have chosen a snowy scene. Apologies for those of you in warmer climes, about to break up for your summer holidays!
Look carefully at the scene to see what is going on. Some of your class may like to make up a story of some of the characters.
The form will close on 10th December
Remember – this challenge is for EMERGING writers!
Take care with your links!
It is great to see more classes joining in with 5 Sentence Challenge but do make sure that your links allow anyone to read and comment on your pieces. It is so disappointing both for the visitor and the young writer.
Emerging writers here!
This challenge is for emerging writers. That may be young writers just beginning their writing journey or it maybe students learning English who want to practice it in writing. If your student is on the way with writing do check 100 Word Challenge to see if that is more suitable.
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Last week I had the pleasure of working with the children at Aveley Primary School. Year 2 really got stuck into the pet shop picture. for instance, did you realise that if the shopkeeper had fed the bulldog the biscuit, there might have been a riot from the other dogs!
If you would like a visit do get in touch!
The prompt this time is a theme of something that is going on across the world at the moment. It is:
Think about the colours, the sounds, the smells! Do you like fireworks or are they frightening? What about animals when they are going off? Which is your favourite firework?
The form will close on 26th November
Do visit & like the Facebook page for this challenge HERE!
Welcome new writers!
It was so good to see new writers to this challenge. The more posts we have, the more we can share your fabulous writing! Do try to visit each other and leave some supportive comments!
Send me showcase posts!
If you read a post that you feel should be shared do send me the ID number and name and I will put them on the showcase. If they are featured they will have a certificate and badge for the blog so send them over!
Join Team 5SC
By commenting on posts, you are extending the audience for our young writers’ work. To keep up with all the news and gossip and to make sure you get the links as soon as they are available, do join Team 5SC. This is the wonderful volunteer group who visit posts and leave comments. Do check out the details HERE
This time we have a picture for you to look at.
Make sure you think carefully of how to describe what you see. What do you feel? What will you smell? Is it a shop you would like to visit?
The form will close on 12th November
From January, 100 Word Challenge will be moving to every two weeks, just like this challenge is. That means that there will be a word challenge EVERY week for you to look at.
This challenge is for EMERGING writers of course!
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This time the prompt is CHANGING SEASONS
Now depending where you are your season maybe:
- autumn with the leaves changing colour
- Spring with lots of flowers
- the beginning of summer with hot weather arriving
- almost winter with the cold.
Think about what it feels like when the seasons change. Do you have to wear different clothes? Do you eat different things? Do you do different activities?
The form will close on 29th October
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The latest prompt for you to think about is this picture.
Look closely at all the things going on. what will you choose to write your 5 sentences about?
Things to think about:
- Look at the people. What jobs do they have?
- What is in the sky?
- What time in history is it?
- What noises could you hear?
- How would you feel if you were that boy?
The form will close on 15th October
On Tuesday 11th September we celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday!
He has brought pleasure to so many children with all his fabulous characters. We have the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), Matilda, George (with his medicine), Mr. and Mrs. Twit, James (with the peach), Charlie (at the Chocolate Factory), Fantastic Mr. Fox and many many others.
To celebrate this amazing man’s work, the prompt is a special one because you can choose what you write about. You can choose to be a character you like or you can choose to write about something magical.
Think carefully about your 5 sentences and make sure they have their full stops and captial letters.
How to Link this week
Unfortunately, we are not able to put a linking system up this week so do leave the links to your entries in the comments below. We will direct people to comment so do pop in and see what they have said!
- Make sure you look at the newsletter. It may be delivered to your spam box
- Do visit others to leave supportive comments
- Send me the number of any posts you would like to go on the showcase
This prompt will close on 24th September
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New look blog
Do you like the new look here? We hope that it is keeping with its big brother 100 Word Challenge which you can find HERE
Don’t forget – this challenge is for EMERGING WRITERS ONLY
When we have more entries, we will start to chose some to go on the showcase. Those chosen will get a certificate and badge for their blog!
If you would like your own class blog, do get in touch. The free blogs use WordPress and have lots of support to get you started!
This time we have a picture.
Things to think about:
- What can you see? Look closely!
- Where is the bus going?
- Who are the people getting on the bus?
- What sort of place is this? A town, village, city?
The form will close on 15th June