Do your kids write poetry? I’ve been thinking about how important writing is this week. Let me just put my English teacher’s hat on for just one second. Writing is so important isn’t it? What is it about handwritten cards and notes and poems and letters that make them so very special to us? What is it about writing with a pen and paper that means you feel creative and you feel like you’re in an exploratory mode? Even in this digital age – the writing, sending and the reading of written words simply cannot be replicated by text messages or any kind of digital text. I guess a handwritten letter is so rare these days, that it seems all the more magical when it arrives. I think that’s why I’ll keep sending Christmas Cards even thought I know it’s not particularly environmentally friendly. The art of writing and putting pen to paper is one of the most creative things anyone can do and so I was intrigued to find out more about Premier League’s Writing Star Poetry Competition in a bid to find out what they’re doing to get more kids’s writing.
I’ve been a fan of Primary League’s Primary Stars for a long time – they’ve done wonderful things to get kid’s reading. As a teacher, I’ve used their posters of the Premier League stars reading to help make reading more appealing to boys and now they have a new competition dedicated to helping students get creative and write poetry. Primary League Primary Stars have a great new competition – they are inviting students to write a poem based on the theme ‘Diversity’, using inspiration from the poem written specially for the competition, ‘Beautifully different, Wonderfully the same’ by Joseph Coelho. This is a beautiful poem for kids that explores how we’re all different but can also all special which is such an important message for kids to grasp.
Why Write Poetry?
Writing poetry allows kids to express their thoughts and emotions in a fun way. The best thing about poetry is that poems can be short or long, and can take as little or as much time as you want to create them. The words can be popped together however you like – just because of the way they look next to one another or the song-like way they sound next to one another —or just because you feel like putting them together so it’s an accessible writing format for kids.
Fun Ideas to Start Writing Poetry
Here’s some fun ideas to help kids start writing poetry…..
- Choose a colour. Think about what words the colour inspires? Does blue make you think of the sky? Your best friend’s eyes? A sapphire sparkling? Let your imagination run wild.
- Make a list of nouns. Then next to it, make a list of verbs. Connect some of the nouns with the verbs with a dash. What do you come up with? Puddle-sneeze? Zebra-dash? Rainbow-giggle? If you like the sound of the words, try putting them on paper and see where they lead you.
- Choose a theme and write words around it. Themes such as jungle, fireworks, ocean, monsters or street sounds work well.
- Poetry doesn’t have to written. My niece has inspired us by showing a real interest in spoken word poetry. Try reading lots of these poems as inspiration or watch some on you tube. Here are some of our favourites…..
- SLAM poetry
- CBBC poetry
How to enter the Premier League’s Writing Star Poetry Competition
Kids can enter via their schools so it’s worth checking that your child’s school has registered here because there’s some fab prizes to be won including a poetry workshop for your school and the winners can get their poem published. There are two different stages of entry for KS1 and KS2 students. If your child’s school signs up for the poetry competition, they receive lesson plans and resources to help students learn about poetry and there are also some brilliant bags full to the brim with poetry books up for grabs for the first 1000 schools who submit entries! These are a lovely set of poetry books – some that are really different and full of inspiration for kids. My daughter is loving ‘The Same Inside’which are poems about friendship. The last closing date for entry is Friday 21st December and teachers can enter the whole class or just a few student’s poems.
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