Peculiar Pets |
Poetry Competition

7-11 Years

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Engage your pupils with poetry writing this term

The purrfect poetry writing activity for 7-11 year-olds!

Peculiar Pets is about to take your classroom on an adventure that’s creative, exciting and lets imaginations run wild!

What would your pupils’ perfect peculiar pet be?
An acrobatic bunny? A tech savvy puppy? A vegan crocodile? A giraffe that likes to race? A superhero cat?

Pupils can create animal mash-ups, be inspired by their perfect pet or make their own awesome animal to write their poem about. It’s a great theme for sense, narrative or riddle poems as well as acrostics and rhymes. It also showcases poetic techniques such as imagery and alliteration.

It’s a roarsome poetry writing activity you and your pupils will love!

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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.

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

  • Where possible, the school to send / upload / email all their pupils' entries to us.

  • Independent entries are welcome - please provide your home address details instead of the school's / use the independent entry form..

  • Pupils' poems must be their own work!

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

For Schools

1st Prize

Young Writers' Award of Excellence and an awesome book bundle!

2 x Runners-Up

Each will receive an awesome book bundle and a framed certificate


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

Peculiar Pets Prize

For Pupils

Our 10 favourite published poets will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag!


Every entrant receives a sticker and bookmark.
A certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication!


Send your entries by uploading them:

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Enter through our pupil typing portal:

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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:

Young Writers KS2
Remus House

Writing Tips

Tip #1

With lots of children out of the habit of poetry writing, we’ve got 3 helpful ideas to help get your class buzzing and raring to write.

- Give your pupils a specific poetry style to write in. An acrostic or sense poem is a great starting point for the beginning of term, or for those who would like a challenge why not try a haiku or limerick?

- Get pupils thinking of different techniques they can use when writing their poems. Alliteration, rhyme, and similes are techniques that go well with the Peculiar Pets theme.

- Get creative ideas flowing by sharing examples of other peculiar pets poems, we’ve picked these videos which may help; A.F. Harrold – The Ambitious Spider, Steve Attewell – The Worm that Wouldn’t Wiggle, and Roald Dahl – Crocky Wock the Crocodile. Once you have watched them discuss them with the class and see if you can spot the different techniques they have used.

Tip #2

Acrostics are a fun, simple way to engage students with poetry. Ask students to pick an animal and write it out vertically on a piece of paper. Explain that the lines don’t all need to be the same length, and it doesn’t need to rhyme!

Your pupils can generate words that describe their chosen animal, and put them on the lines that begin with the same letters, or think of similar words to fit in the poem. Thinking about which words will fit and alternatives is a great way to kick-start your pupils’ creativity!

Tip #3

This year’s National Poetry Day theme is ‘vision’ you can use this theme alongside Peculiar Pets, here are some suggestions to help inspire you:
• Pupils can create their pet inspired by eyes – big eyes, one eye, multiple eyes, telescopic eyes, antenna, glasses, a monocle, goggles…
• Let pupils’ peculiar pets be inspired by what they can see. This could be in the classroom, at home, in a book, from a photo or scene…
• Go to the future, what are your pupils’ visions of what a futuristic pet would be like?
• Let your pupils be visionaries – creating their perfect peculiar pets!

Tip #4

Imagery is writing with very descriptive language that appeals to all of the reader’s senses. When imagery is written well, the reader can see, hear, taste, touch, and feel the text! What a fantastic way for your pupils to bring their peculiar pets to life in a poem!

Here is a quick class activity to get your pupils familiar with imagery before they write their poem:

Show your pupils a picture of a peculiar pet. (You can create or source your own image or use one from the teacher folder.) What does it make your pupils wonder...? Now ask them to write down three sentences:
• One to describe what it looks like
• One to describe what it smells like
• One to describe what it sounds like

Let pupils share their observations! Then they are ready to get creating and writing about their own peculiar pet!

Tip #5

Why not write an Alphabet poem! Your pupils need to write the alphabet as a list down the left-hand side of their page. Then, using their peculiar pet for inspiration pupils need to write a sentence for each letter. E.g:
A ngelic Mr Mould is the name of my peculiar pet,
B ig, hairy, yellow, stripey, kind and funny,
C auliflower is his favourite food, even though it makes him stinky.
D oesn’t sleep in a bed, but a compost heap instead!

X -ray vision to spy through the walls
Y ellow and stripey, like a stick of rock
Z zzzzz, Mr Mould snores as he sleeps at the end of my bed.

Get In Touch

Young Writers KS2
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 6th November 2020