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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.


  • Only one entry per pupil, there is no limit to the number of entries per school

  • 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

Writing about something you are passionate about is always easier, something we have seen or experienced gives us the opportunity to remember things we may not have thought about at the time such as certain sounds, smells, sights etc.

Ask your pupils to think about a memory they have, maybe from a day at the beach, a party or even a school trip they have been on. Suggest they write down things they could see, the smells, any specific sounds, the tastes (maybe of something they’re eating), and the feel of anything they can touch. This will help them write their own sense poem!

Tip #2

Children love to rhyme, even if the word isn’t real they just enjoy it!

Get all of your pupils standing up and separate them into two teams. Put up a word on the board, perhaps something nice and easy to start off with like ‘cat’.

Taking it in turns, ask each team to shout out a word that rhymes with the word on the board. Once a child has given an answer, they can sit down. The first team to have all of their team members sat down will win!

This game helps pupils understand how to rhyme and feel more confident using rhyme in poetry! Not all poems have to rhyme though, so if any pupils don’t enjoy rhyming, there are plenty of other poetry types to try such as a riddle, acrostic or sense poem!

Tip #3

Sometimes it is easy for pupils to get stuck on an idea to write a poem about.
This year’s National Poetry Day theme is ‘change’, which might be a little difficult for younger pupils to write about. Here are a couple of ideas to help you:
• Why not use the theme “the day I changed into an animal”?
• What would your pupils change about the world – this doesn’t have to be serious, maybe they’d prefer orange and green pandas to black and white!
• What if they could change places with someone for the day?
• What if they could change their name – they could write two acrostics one based on their real name and one based on the name they’d like to have!
All these work well with acrostics and riddles -  National Poetry Day is all about celebrating poetry, so let’s get pupils writing!

Tip #4

While you and your class are discussing ideas of what to write for Poetry Patrol, ask them to write down any ideas that come into their heads, this doesn’t need to make perfect sense as it will just be used as a trigger when writing.

Ask pupils to decide what type of poem they will create and with what theme, then ask them to highlight the ideas on their page that they could use for this as well as write down any fresh ideas they may have thought of. Now when pupils use their Poetry Patrol planning sheet they will find it easy to complete!

Tip #5

Download the Poetry Patrol gang’s activity sheet which has 3 quick and simple activities that show pupils how to use alliteration, smiles and descriptive writing. It''s available for free in the download section below!

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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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