There’s Not Long Left to Enter the 500 Words Competition

Have you heard about the 500 Words competition before?

Well, it all started back in 2011, when presenter, Chris Evans, had a dream to get children excited about reading and writing. Since starting, 500 Words is now one of the most successful story writing competitions, with nearly 13,200 entries entered last year!

To enter, students (aged between 5-13 years) should write an original story on a subject or theme of their choice, in 500 words or fewer, and submit their entry online.

To find out more and read about the prizes the winners will receive, take a look at the BBC Radio 2’s website.

The deadline for entries is Thursday 22nd February at 7pm, so be sure to get your students’ work submitted whilst there’s still time.

Let’s take you through some KS1 and KS2 Activities within our English ModuleEnglish Activity


Twin Tales: #5933 – Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.

Sandy Stories: #25685 – Identify the beginning, middle and end of a story and consider the purpose of each part.

Great Outdoors: #12379 – Retell a story using story language, e.g., character, motivation and resolution, etc.

The Gingerbread Man: #26143 – Help Stig to join in with the well-known tale ‘The Gingerbread Man’ by identifying the repeated and predictable phrases. Children can listen to the story in full first or join in straight away.


Story Time: #1084 – Using descriptive language in the context of a story.

Shiver Me Timbers: #1542 – Organise text to form paragraphs in the context of a story.

Timeless Tales: #21523 – To read a story and demonstrate understanding by answering questions.

Story Starter Machine Topic Tool

Our Story Starter Machine Topic Tool is not only super handy and easy to use, it also offers some great story inspiration for beginners!

Want to see the Story Starter Machine in action? Take a look at our video, where you’ll see some examples of the different combinations you could get…

Don’t have EducationCity in your school and would like to take a look at the Story Starter Machine Topic Tool? Start your free trial today by calling +44 (0)1572 725080 or emailing