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100 Word Challenge – amazing!


Yesterday, 19 pupils from year 4, 5 and 6 and I had a workshop with Mrs Skinner (@TheHeadsOffice). Mrs Skinner is a retired headteacher who has set up an amazing writing challenge called the 100 Word Challenge. We all learnt about what the 100 word challenge was and all 19 pupils had a go. To be honest, I was a bit jealous that I couldn’t have a go but unfortunately, it’s only for children aged 16 and under 🙁

We had a great time writing 100 words and I particularly liked working with Ella in 5S – she had some excellent ideas involving an alien invasion which really sent chills down my spine! I almost cried when I read Skylar’s from 4A – amazing stuff.


So, what is the 100 word challenge?

We ask children to write in school but often there is no apparent purpose that they can see other than pleasing their teacher! This can prompt some very reluctant writers in our classrooms. The 100 Word Challenge seeks to address this problem.

It is a weekly creative writing challenge for children under 16 years of age. Each week a prompt is given, which can be a picture or a series of individual words and the children can use up to 100 words to write a creative piece. This will be posted on our class blog and then linked to the 100 Word Challenge blog. The link is usually open from midnight on Wednesdays until midnight the following Tuesdays.

By setting a limited word count with a focused theme and a guaranteed audience beyond the class teacher, children have far greater motivation for writing. Those who are reluctant writers feel safe with only 100 words to write, whilst those more advanced writers can really extend themselves with the word restriction.

One of the special things about 100WC is that those entering a piece are encouraged to visit other blogs and leave a constructive comment. Peer ‘talking’ to peer is very powerful and we have seen a real improvement in some writing that has come from suggestions from other children. It also provides another teaching point for teachers to show children how to comment constructively.

Above all – it is fun! Children feel challenged and then really rewarded when they see the comments (please see Team 100WC). Do join in and see writing improve!


How do I join in?

At Riders we have a blog all of its own called ‘100 Word Challenge’. You just go to our school blogs at and click ‘other blogs’ and then ‘100 word challenge’.

100 word challenge walkthrough

Then, you click on ‘log in’.

100 word challenge walkthrough 2

Your username and password are your class name. So, if you’re in 4a your username is 4a and your password is 4a – simple! From there, you go up to ‘+ New’ and then ‘Post’ and start writing. You need to be careful that you don’t go too much over 100 words. Microsoft Word will count the words for you so we suggest that you type in there first and then copy and paste into the blog.

I will then link it to The 100 Word Challenge blog for you and then you’ll get some comments – EASY!


Who can I ask if I need help?

You can ask me, Mrs Tunnicliffe and you can also ask Mr Addison. We have Mr Addison to thank for all this amazing blogging stuff!

Also, you can talk to our blogging experts. There should be three experts in every class in year 4, 5 and 6 (and 5P have four!)

These are your experts:

4BL: Molly, Jem and Thomas

4A: Skylar, Aaliyah and Rebecca

5P: Ethan, Lewis, Kiana and Amy

5S: Oliver, Kyle and Ella

6T: Summer, George and Chloe L

6P: Mercedes, Paige and Katie

Have a look at our expert’s responses to the 100 word challenge here: They’ve had some great comments so far. Could you leave a comment for them?

Have fun!