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Six 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 215 MILLION words!

The children in Year 5 and 6 have taken part in the 500 word story competition run by Radio 2.

And, HRH The Duchess Of Cornwall loved the final so much last year that she's agreed to be an actual judge this year, which is a real first - hear us when we say the Royals never ever do stuff like this, so we could not be more excited about that!

We would like to share some of our entries that have now been submitted.

On Monday 5th October Antony Jinman (a polar explorer) visited Years 5/6. He led an assembly about his solo trek to the South Pole.

This was followed by a session on the clothing needed in Antarctica.

In class, the children learnt about insulation by making a 'blubber glove'.

They also made mountains out of plasticine covered by cornflower glaciers.


Children from Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a great day at the Aquarium attending the Stemfest event. All the children thought the day was wonderful.