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The Poetry Bus

5-7 Years

The Poetry Bus Video

Let's fuel your pupils’ imaginations with poetry...

The Poetry Bus is here to engage and motivate your little learners aged 5-7 to write their very own poems. Be inspired by your current class topic, a book, the seasons, friendship... there’s lots of choice to ensure getting your pupils writing poetry is easy and fun.

It’s National Poetry Day on 7th October 2021 and the theme is “Choices”... Often younger pupils get overlooked at this event, but The Poetry Bus complements this fantastic annual event as your pupils can choose to write a poem in any style or theme, giving them the opportunity to be involved and help foster a life-long love of poetry.

You'll find lots of free resources for you to download here, including a handy parent info guide to explain how to take part, an engaging video, 3 x  different poetry-type activity sheets to help support your pupils to write their poems.

If you haven't tried the Online Writing Portal yet (where your pupils type their work during a lesson or as homework) check it out today at www.youngwriters.co.uk/teachers/

School Prizes

1st Prize

The Young Writers' Award of Excellence and a selection of books.

2 x Runners-Up

Each wins a framed certificate and a selection of books


Every participating school receives a free copy of the book their students feature in!

(Winners will be chosen from entries received in the 2021/2022 academic year.)

Pupil Prizes

Our 5 favourite published poets will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag!


Every entrant receives a bookmark and we award a certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication.

(Winners will be chosen from entries received in the Autumn Term 2021. Goody bag image is an example, contents may differ)

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