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Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 1st March 2019

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

Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 1st March 2019


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

Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 1st March 2019


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

Give your pupils a Christmassy word to base their acrostic on. Words can be chosen based on the age and ability of the pupils or allocated by group. One word for the whole class isn’t recommended, as it will likely result in 30 similar poems!

Here are some words suggestions:

  • Angel
  • Snowman
  • Grinch
  • Santa
  • Gifts

Tip #2

Repetition can be as simple as repeating the same word 2 or 3 times in a sentence or become more advanced by repeating a line or verse.

Using the theme of rain ask pupils to give ideas on what rain sounds like… e.g:

  • Splish
  • Splash
  • Drip
  • Tap
  • Trickle
  • Slosh
  • Pitter-Patter

Using a repeated line pupils can create an effective poem:

The rain sounds like pitter-patter, pitter-patter

The rain sounds like splish, splish, splish

The rain sounds like trickle, splash, slosh

The rain sounds like drip, drip, drip

I love the sounds of rain!


It’s an easy format to change the theme and words for – from seasons and pets, to sports and food, get your pupils using this fun poetic technique!

Tip #3

A kenning is where you use a two-word phrase in the place of a one-word noun. E.g. A baby becomes a dummy-sucker.

The poem is built up with 8 or more two-word phrases and for an added challenge they can be in rhyming couplets!

As a class, create a spider diagram with the word ‘Moon’ in the middle – this is the subject for the Kennings poem.

Think of as many descriptions of the moon as you can and write them down before working to make them into two-word phrases.

E.g. Cheese-rock / tide-master / light-giver etc


Tip #4

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 winter on the board. E.g.:

Snow, frost, icy, cold, windy, hot chocolate, gloves, sledge, blanket, bare trees, seeing your breath, shivering, colds, roaring fires etc


Now explain a sense poem format:

Winter looks like…

Winter smells like…

Winter tastes like…

Winter feels like…

Winter sounds like…

I love winter 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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Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 1st March 2019

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