BBC 500 Words Competition

February 4, 2017


“Seven years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing. All children, no matter what their ability. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world. Nearly half a million pupils have written a story for us; that’s over 277 MILLION words!

It’s very simple. Entrants write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online. If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Julie Walters, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch. Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.”


Class 4 have taken up the challenge and entered the 500 Words competition. Class 4 watched the live lesson, which you can watch here.

“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.”

Not only was the lesson live but they interacted live via twitter.


The children wrote some amazing stories and here they are for you to read and enjoy.


  1. Anya 500 words

  2. Caitlin 500 words

  3. Ella 500 words

  4. Emily 500 words

  5. Felix 500 words

  6. Georgia 500 words

  7. Jack 500 words

  8. Jacob 500 words

  9. Joe 500 words

  10. Keira 500 words

  11. Kizzy 500 words

  12. Lewis 500 words