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Poetry Wonderland is here to inspire your pupils aged 7-11 to get writing!

Let pupils explore poem themes in a fun and exciting way before writing their own original poem. Our optional lesson plan gets pupils out of their seats and lets creativity soar...

The theme is open, so let pupils decide what they’d like to write about; tailor Poetry Wonderland to your latest topic, a book or choose from the suggestions we’ve provided in the pupils’ colourful worksheets.

In Poetry Wonderland anything is possible, where will your pupils’ imaginations take them...?

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Rules

  • 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

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Prizes

For Schools

The school with the best set of entries will win the Young Writers’ Award of Excellence, which they can showcase in their school. They will also win a Huge bundle of books for their school library.

For Pupils

10x Poetry Wonderland goody bags packed full of fun...

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How To Enter

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Downloads

To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Poster, 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

Download the Poetry Wonderland door poster or make your own – this could even be a class activity!

By having an entrance to Poetry Wonderland, pupils can quite literally open their door to imagination! You could decorate the classroom, or have a wonderland corner, with lots of sensory objects to help pupils think of wild, weird and wonderful ideas to write about.

Imagination has no limits, so why not see how creative your pupils can be in Poetry Wonderland?

Tip #2

Who can create the weirdest, or wildest or most wonderful theme idea?

Each pupil needs a piece of paper and a pencil. They need to write 3 titles across the top of their page:

 

Object

Activity

Adjective

Spoon

Surfing

Glittery

Dog biscuit

Knitting

Long

Bike

Homework

Terrifying

 

Now give them 3 minutes to list as many words in each list as they can. Then give them a couple of minutes to read through their words and create one idea using any object, activity and adjective they’ve written down.

E.g. Knitting a glittery dog biscuit

Let the class decide who had the wackiest idea! You could even compose a poem as a class based on the idea to get your pupils ready to write their own poem!

Tip #3

This year’s theme for National Poetry Day is ‘Change’…

This could potentially be a difficult theme for pupils at primary school to interpret so here are a couple of ideas to help:

  • Use Poetry Wonderland to inspire your pupils to write a poem. Before they start ask them to write down a sentence to describe how they feel about poetry. Once they have been to Poetry Wonderland and written a poem, ask them to write a sentence to describe how they feel about poetry now. Have they CHANGEd their opinion?
  • Pupils could write about how they’d change the world – in Poetry Wonderland anything can be imagined, e.g. a world with no school and chocolate for every meal or a place where animals talk and magic is normal. Changing the world doesn’t have to be a deep or challenging theme for pupils, poetry can convey important messages in a fun and informative way

Tip #4

Try one of fun workshops to get pupils writing in a new style, change it up! Once they’ve got their wacky idea why not challenge them with a new poetic form?

Tip #5

Why not get pupils feeling confident with using different techniques in their writing…? You can do these quick, fun activities as a class:
 
• Repetition: create a verse and look at how you can use repetition in it
• Alliteration: describe a pencil, the weather and an animal using alliteration
• Simile: describe a fish, a snowman and an oven as or like something else
• Rhythm: create a toe-tapping verse (use the verse from the repetition activity!)
• Rhyme: write 3-6 pairs of rhyming couplets – are any of them forced?

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Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524
Email: info@youngwriters.co.uk

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