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Today, the Five Sentence Challenge inspires…

Today I had the pleasure of listening to some children in Sunflower Class read their five sentence challenge writing for me. Using a wonderful picture prompt on, the idea is that the children look closely at the picture and write five detailed and interesting sentences based on what they see. This is great for developing writing confidence, engagement and, above all, enjoyment of writing. Once again, I took the opportunity to record this super learning and you can listen to the children perform their writing below.

Also, just this evening, we have been gifted this inspiring ‘toon’ by artist Terry Culkin who has been impressed by the children’s writing and their ability to perform it so well. Thank you Terry!

100wc toon

Great learning, great fun

This past week or so has been full of great learning, some of which I have had the pleasure to experience first hand.  You may be aware that I have been working with the children to develop their writing skills using the Five Sentence Challenge, for younger writers and the 100 word challenge for our older writers.

Both offer a fantastic prompt that the children write in response to, but completely independently and without limits. This provides a wonderful creative opportunity and allows children to become authors. Once again this week I have been delighted by the children’s response and the writing that they have produced. Please do head along to our class blogs from and leave a comment for our brilliant writers. Having an audience for your writing makes such a difference. Here are some children from Clover and Thistle Class explaining what they enjoy about their writing.

Class topics are also engaging the children with fascinating learning as well as visits from sports stars, roman archaeologists and we have even started to think about our songs for Christmas. I do enjoy Term 2 – it is always so magical and a great time to be in school. You can catch up with all of our weekly news via my podcast, Westwood Talk, which I record every weekend as a round up of the week’s events. The latest episode is here for you to listen again.