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Poetry Patrol is here to inspire your pupils aged 5-7 to get writing!

Pupils can write an acrostic, a riddle or a sense poem using the fun, free activities from the Acrostic Croc, Riddlin’ Rabbit or Sensory Skunk, which will ignite your pupils’ imaginations so they’re ready to write fantastic poetry!

Use the colourful worksheet alongside the optional video and activities to engage and motivate your pupils to plan, draft and write their very own poems. From animals and seasons to dreams and people, it’s easy to find a theme that appeals to all pupils as well as make Poetry Patrol a cross-curricular activity.

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  • 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 on the entry form or A4 sheet of paper

  • Poems must be your pupils' own work

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



For Schools

1st Prize - £500 and The Young Writers’ Award of Excellence

2nd Prize - £250

3rd Prize - £100

Plus a free copy of the book your pupils feature in for every participating school!

For Pupils

Our 5 favourite poets will each win a Poetry Patrol backpack crammed full of prizes!

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

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How To Enter

  • Complete your school entry form (found on the reverse of your letter).

  • If you are in need of more storyboard entry forms, please go to Downloads / Resources Request

  • Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:
    Young Writers KS1
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

  • Alternatively, you can upload poems to Online Entries. Or email them to



To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Activity Sheets, Lesson Plan resources, and more… please fill in the short form below. All download links will appear once the form is sent and the links will also be emailed to you.



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Writing Tips

Tip #1

Let Acrostic Croc inspire pupils with summer-themed words to create their poems!

Here are some suggestions:

  • Summer
  • Barbecue
  • Holiday
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Seaside

Once the poems are written, why not turn them into a fun, bright classroom display? If you’d like to show us, we’d love to see a photo!

Tip #2

Get your pupils creating their very own riddle poems using these 6 rules:

  • Have at least 4 clues
  • Use present tense
  • Use lots of description
  • Tries to trick the reader
  • Have a clever title – that gives away a clue
  • Finishes with the question - what (or who) am I?

Why not have a go at writing a riddle poem as a class first, then ask pupils to create their own!

Tip #3

Sense poems are fun to write as well as being a simple poetic form for younger writers to have a go at.

As a class write a list of words associated with summer on the board. E.g.:

Heat, sun, sand, sea, sandcastle, ice cream, holidays, water fights, sunbathing etc

Now explain a sense poem format:

Summer looks like…

Summer smells like…

Summer tastes like…

Summer feels like…

Summer sounds like…

I love summer because…

Pupils can then use the ideas on the board to help them write their own sense poem. They can use their own ideas, description and adjectives to make their poem personal to them.

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Contact Us

Young Writers KS1
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524

Alternatively, you can upload your entries!

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For teachers to upload their pupils' submissions


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