The Poetry Bus |
Poetry Competition

5-7 Years

The Poetry Bus Video

It’s time to hop on The Poetry Bus!

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

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To make sure your entries are valid, please follow the rules listed below:

  • Only one entry per pupil, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!

  • Ask your pupils to write/type their poem, ensuring their name, age and school name are included.

  • An adult can scribe for younger or less able pupils if needed.

  • Pupils' poems must be their own work!

  • Poems can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or in the Online Writing Portal).

  • Poems can be written in any poetic style & use any poetic techniques.

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

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.)

For Pupils

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)


Send your entries by uploading them:

Enter Now

Enter through our pupil writing portal:

Writing Portal

Alternatively, you can email your entries to [email protected].

By Post

Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

Young Writers KS1
Remus House

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Tip #1

Map it out!


Get your pupils to think about their favourite day out, or even their journey to school.


How do they get there? Who do they meet and what do they see along the way?


Then ask them to draw a map of the route, drawing and describing all these things.

Tip #2

All aboard The Poetry Bus! The Poetry Bus’ destinations are limitless, just like your pupils’ imaginations – if it could take them anywhere, where would they want to go?

Disney World, the future, space?

Create a word bank of nouns, adjectives and emotions that describe their chosen place, then see if they can construct sentences using them.

E.g. I felt scared when I saw the slimy alien.

Encourage your pupils to be imaginative as possible!

Get In Touch

Young Writers KS1
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 22nd October 2021