Out Of This World
Poetry Competition

7-11 Years

Out Of This World Video

Where will your pupils' imaginations take them?

Inspire and motivate your pupils to love writing, to be confident and passionate writers by unleashing their creativity and giving them a purpose to write.

From cute poems about best friends and pets to those tackling more serious subjects such as bullying or the environment, Out Of This World offers pupils the chance to have their voices heard.

It’s time to launch your lesson and create a class of poetry stars with Out Of This World!

Rules

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.

  • Independent entrants are welcome, please provide your full postal address rather than the school's details.

  • Poems can be written on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper.

  • Poems must be your pupils' own work.

  • Ensure that all pupils include their name and age on their entries.

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

For Schools

1st Place

£500 Hope Education Resource Voucher and the Young Writers’ Award of Excellence

2nd Place

£250 Hope Education Resource Voucher

3rd Place

£100 Hope Education Resource Voucher

We provide a complimentary copy to every school that takes part too!

Out Of This World Prize

For Pupils

Our 15 favourite published writers will each win an exciting adventure goody bag packed full of prizes!

Plus there's a bookmark and sticker for every entrant and pupils chosen for publication will receive a certificate!

Pupil winners will be chosen from entries received in the Spring Term 2020.

Online

Send your entries by uploading them:

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

By Post

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

FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
Young Writers KS2
Remus House
Peterborough
PE2 9BF

Writing Tips

Tip #1

Talk to your pupils about similes, personification and imagery...

These are great poetic techniques to bring poems to life:

- Imagery can let readers feel as if they are in the scene the poet is setting

- Similes create wonderful descriptions

- Personification can give an identity to unexpected things, such as a child’s toy witnessing a visit from the tooth fairy or how a football feels being kicked around!

Experimenting with these and other poetic techniques is a fun part of the planning and drafting of a poem. Simply choose 5 words and have a bit of fun as a class playing with words using poetry techniques!

Tip #2

Sense poetry is a fantastic poetry type that is suitable for all age ranges to explore.

Write a class sense poem on a space-related subject (or theme of your choice), from aliens and rockets, to moon walks and the planets, there’s lots to be inspired by.

As a class, think of descriptions for each sense based on your subject – this can be lots of fun as you ask your pupils what they think an alien would smell like or what a shooting star would taste like!

Encourage pupils to experiment with vocabulary and be imaginative – it’s their sense poem and can be as serious, or silly, as they like!

Tip #3

When a diamante poem is written it takes on the shape of a diamond. It uses two words that are opposites, which you build the poem around.

 

A diamante poem is made up of 7 lines using a set structure:

Line 1: Beginning subject

Line 2: Two adjectives words about line 1

Line 3: Three verbs about line 1

Line 4: A short phrase about line 1, a short phrase about line 7

Line 5: Three verbs about line 7

Line 6: Two adjectives about line 7

Line 7: End subject

 

Star

Bright, quiet,

Shining, twinkling, dazzling

Beacon of light, an orb in the sky

Waxing, waning, glowing

Silent, calm,

Moon.

Tip #4

It’s Valentine’s Day next week so it’s a great opportunity for pupils to write about something or someone they love...

From pets, friends and family to food, a hobby, an idol or somewhere they have visited, there is lots to inspire their poetry writing.

For a twist you could ask your pupils to write an anti-love poem, so what do they dislike... eating vegetables? Homelessness? Homework? The Australian bushfires?

The poems can be funny, cute or serious – poetry is all about being able to express yourself!

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Get In Touch

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FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
Young Writers KS2
Remus House
Peterborough
PE2 9BF

Email
[email protected]

Tel
(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 28th February 2020