Prompt #15

National Writing Day 21st June!

The first National Writing Day will take place on 21st June. Watch out for all the celebrations in the press and on television!

Do send me any photos of your class working on their 5SC posts to celebrate!


The last prompt had a short time scale which might be why only one school entered. As I haven’t received any nominations, I am selecting the following posts for the showcase this time.

Albie in Yr.2 At Westwood with Iford Primary School, Wilts, UK

Eleanor in Yr.1 at Westwood with Iford Primary, Wilts, UK

Dylan in Yr.1 at Westwood with Iford Primary, Wilts, UK

Daisy in Yr.2 at Westwood with Iford Primary, Wilts, UK

Well done everyone! 

Latest prompt

Here is the latest prompt.

As you can see it has a holiday feel to it!

The form will close at 23.45 GMT on 1st July

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Prompt #14

Short and Sweet!

As schools are on holiday this week, I’m just posting a prompt in case you get the chance to look at it when you get back.

It is a picture of a garden centre. Have you been to one recently to buy flowers for your garden?

The form will close on 23.45 GMT on 10th June

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Prompt #13

Welcome new classes!

I seem to say that every time recently but it is so good to see new young writers joining 5 Sentence Challenge!

Spreading the word!

I know lots of you use social media, either as a school, class or individual. I like to use the various platforms to share the prompt and advertise your posts so do let me know where I can find you by filling out this form HERE

Set the prompt!

How would you like to set the prompt for 5SC one week? Just send me your idea to the usual place and I’ll pop it into the schedule with lots of advertising for your class!

Emerging writers

Just to remind you that 5 Sentence Challenge is for EMERGING writers. That means that post could come from young writers or from students learning English.

Latest prompt

This time we are going to write about something that I think everyone LOVES!


Your sentences can be about anything but here are some ideas:

  • What does it taste like?
  • Which type is your favourite?
  • Where is the best place to eat it?
  • How often do you eat it?

The form will close at 23.45 GMT on 27th May

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Prompt #12

Fancy being in the showcase?

Over on 100 Word Challenge, we ran a competition to have posts read by the Ohbot, Peaky. He went into near space and read the winning entries from his competition. You can HEAR them HERE

Now, they came from the showcase that is published every week. If you are nominated, you get a certificate to keep and a badge for your blog. Please send me any suggestions from this prompt for posts you would like to be showcased!

Latest prompt

We have a great picture for you to write about this time. Many of you love to cook I know and what better person to help than your grandma.

cooking with grandma

Things to think about:

  • What time of the year is it?
  • What day of the week?
  • Who are the children?
  • Who do the animals belong to? What else can you see beyond the kitchen?

The form will close on May 13th at 23.45 GMT

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Prompt #11

Welcome new classes!

It is so exciting to see new classes joining 5 Sentence Challenge! That means we have more chance to share our writing across the world!


I hope you all got your newsletter last time. The wonderful Ed has been working really hard to make sure you can all get into the prompt and link your posts. Do let me know if you have any problems and we’ll do our best to fix it quickly.

Do you tweet?

If you have a Twitter account, do let me have the ID and I can share your posts. Just fill out the form HERE 

Latest prompt

Here in the UK Spring is on its way. We didn’t have a really bad winter but it is great to know that warmer, brighter days are on their way. We have also just celebrated St Patrick’s Day and as we have so many schools in Ireland taking part in both challenges, the prompt this time is


The form will close at 11.45pm on 1st April

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Prompt #10

Back home again!

Huge apologies for not publishing this prompt earlier. Due to my trip to Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore I did not always have internet and this post slipped through my scheduling.

BUT, never mind. You have it now!


I really think that our youngest writers deserve the chance to be in the showcase. Do send me nominations by letting me have the ID number of the post and the name of the writer. I’ll ten pop it into a showcase

Commenting team

We really could do with more people commenting on these great posts so if you have someone in your school who could spare 10 minutes each week do get them to fill our this FORM which will put them on a mailing list for news. They then just get commenting! Simples!

Latest prompt

As I have been visiting sunny climes, I thought a picture with lots of sunshine in it would be appropriate.

If you want to make sure you are getting the best from your 5 Sentence Challenge work, get in touch and I’ll see how I can support you.


The form will close on 18th March at 11.45pm GMT

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Prompt #9


If you are a regular visitor here you will know that we have had a few gremlins in the system. The wonderful Ed Cooper has worked his magic so that things work well.

Unfortunately, it means you will need to sign up againClick HERE

Holiday Time!

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!

Latest prompt

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


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Prompt #8

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!

Showcase news

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.

Latest prompt

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.

Writing challenge for emerging writers

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


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Prompt #7

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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.


Global links

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 


Latest prompt

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

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Prompt #6

####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!


Latest prompt

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!

5SC Week#6

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!

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