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Enter the Beano’s National Joke-Writing Competition and Get Free Classroom Resources

The Beano is on the lookout for Britain’s funniest school class. So download the free comedy-writing lesson plans and enter your class' three best gags...

  • Enter the Beano’s National Joke-Writing Competition and Get Free Classroom Resources
  • Enter the Beano’s National Joke-Writing Competition and Get Free Classroom Resources
  • Enter the Beano’s National Joke-Writing Competition and Get Free Classroom Resources

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Kids are naturally funny. Sometimes intentionally, other times… less so, but funny nonetheless.

But it’s one thing producing the sweet moments of joy that catch you off guard each and every day, and another entirely to hone and craft humour using their command of language, and the conventional formats of jokes.

So, if you want to give your students something to laugh about while learning, why not challenge them to write their own jokes?

Teaching joke writing isn’t just a fun way to learn about literacy, your students can also win prizes in the Beano‘s new national joke-writing competition, which is looking for Britain’s funniest class.

Each class can submit up to three jokes, and the top three classes – voted for by Beano’s gag-maker experts and kids on Beano.com – will each win a bundle of Beano annuals, comic subscriptions and finally a special VIP Beano visit and joke workshop.

But where to start? Well, there’s no better place to look for inspiration than from the Beano itself.

Its SPaG LOLZ programme for primary schools covers six key spelling, punctuation and grammar topics with six curriculum-based lesson plans each for KS1 and KS2.

These lesson plans focus on joke-writing techniques taught through SPAG; designed to help classes hone their comedy skills and inject some fun into literacy lessons.

We’ve got the first lesson on homophones available here for KS1 and here for KS2.

Or, the whole programme is free to download at school.beano.com.

Your class can also source further inspiration from Beano’s ‘Joke Generator’ which hosts 80 years’ worth of classic jokes, before submitting their entries online at beano.com/jokes.

We’ve also got this free resource from Rachel Clarke for children to learn speech conventions through ‘knock, knock’ jokes.

Or, you could check out this piece from Giulia Baker that helps you use jokes to help children grasp grammar.

So download the SPaG LOLZ lesson plans, and get your children laughing and learning today.


Beano’s national school joke competition is open for entries from 1 April, and closes on 1 May 2019. Teachers can download lesson plans and enter the competition on schools.beano.com.

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