Almost 6,000 children entered the writing competition in July 2020 and Oxford University Press’ analysis shines a light on children’s insight, empathy, and imagination when writing about race. Find out more.
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Find out what children will learn in spelling, grammar, punctuation and writing at school in Year 6, as they prepare for their Key Stage 2 SATs.
Christopher Edge, author of ‘How to Write your Best Story Ever!’, shares his top 10 tips to help your child write amazing stories.
Find out how using dictionaries and thesauruses can expand your child’s vocabulary and help them enjoy learning.
Every story needs a star! These four fun activities will help any aspiring author dream up some page-turning protagonists.
Plastic has been revealed as the Children’s Word of the Year by Oxford University Press for the BBC 500 Words Competition. British children have once again shown themselves to be fabulously inventive, funny and socially astute.
Coronavirus is the 2020 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year. Find out about children’s evolving use of language from analysis of stories from BBC 500 Words 2020.
Brexit is the 2019 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year. Find out about children’s evolving use of language from analysis of stories from BBC 500 Words 2019.
Coming up with a great story idea can be tricky, which is why we’ve gathered together four fun activities to inspire your child’s creative writing.
Oxford Dictionaries for Children has teamed up with BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words – the nationwide competition to find the most talented young writers in the UK!
Oxford University Press is proud to be partnering with the 500Words: Black Lives Matter story-writing competition. Our language experts collect and analyze every story received to better understand children’s language and inform learning, so get your pens at the ready!
Every writer wants to find the perfect words to tell their story. These activities will guide your child through four ways to make language sparkle in their creative writing, from creating striking similes to wielding unusual words.
Author Christopher Edge shares his top tips on for planning a top-tier tale for the BBC 500 Words short story competition.
Harriet Muncaster gives her top tips on how to write a story, from developing the characters to designing the plot.
When you look down at a blank piece of paper, inspiration can seem a long way away. Here are Christopher Edge’s top tips for coming up with story ideas.
Finished a first draft of your short story and not sure what to do next? Read Christopher Edge’s top tips for polishing your story to perfection.
So you’ve got your idea, and you’ve planned the plot. Now comes the hardest (but most rewarding) part – actually writing your story. Here are Christopher Edge’s top tips on how to get started.
Are you a budding David Walliams or the next J. K. Rowling? Find top tips, videos, activities, and books to help unleash your inner author.
It’s easy to start a story, and it’s hard to finish one. Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry series, shares her top tips for finishing a story.
A must-have write-in book for kids to put down their ideas, set the scene, choose their characters and craft their best short story in 500 words. With colourful illustrations throughout, it has prompts and ideas for building plot, action, characters and scenes. It also has suggestions for beginnings and endings to help children who are looking for a starting point.
This is not an ordinary dictionary. Lots of dictionaries tell you what an ‘alligator’ is, or how to spell ‘balloon’, but they won’t explain the difference between a ‘ringbeller’ and a ‘trogglehumper’. All the words that Roald Dahl invented are here, with real citations from Roald Dahl’s children’s books and illustrations by Quentin Blake, to inspire and encourage young writers and readers.
Pick a type or genre of story, character and setting and put them together to think up a story idea. You can pick and mix from every category or even throw your own ideas into the mix.
Can you fill in each of the blanks with a synonym of ‘said’?
Can you predict the weather for Willy Wonka and write a forecast?
Draw a picture of a murderful giant and label its body parts – from its foulsome teeth to its thirstbloody eyes…
The BFG has a surplus of snozzcumbers! Can you create a new recipe to help him use them up?
Can you invent your own extra-usual tree, plant or flower?
Can you spot the odd one out in these lists of related words?
Circle the names of all the extra-usual creatures from Roald Dahl’s stories.
Learn about etymology by guessing which words come from which origins.
Find all the gobblefunk words in this Roald Dahl crossword.
Answers to the Roald Dahl Thesaurus activity sheets.
Tips, tricks and activities on creative writing from Harriet Muncaster.
Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can help you to spot how to make your story even more awesome! Team up with a friend to swap your stories. Use the checklist to note down your thoughts about their story and suggest any improvements.
Complete this character profile to collect ideas about the lead character in your story. Try to answer every question to find out what makes your character tick.
Author Paula Harrison shares her tips to help you create your own story.
Choose the correct word to match each of the descriptions.
Follow to prompts to create your own tall tale.
Created to inspire and guide budding writers, this book covers tips and advice for plot, characterisation, world-building, tone, editing, and much more to turn initial ideas into powerful stories.
Want a spark of inspiration? Take a look at the word web.
Get your ideas flowing by drawing characters for your story.
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