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Peculiar Pets

7-11 Years

Peculiar Pets Video

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!

If your pupils are home learning or you want to go paperless, log in (or create) your free teacher account here: to use the fantastic Online Writing Portal.

School Prizes

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!

School winners are chosen from entries received in the 2020/2021 academic year.

Pupil Prizes

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

Winners are chosen from entries received in the Summer Term 2021 and announced in the Autumn Term 2021. Goody bag contents may differ from photo.


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

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