Welcome to the Premier League Writing Stars competition 2018
Here you can find out how you and your pupils can take part and win some money-can’t-buy prizes. This year we want your pupils to write poems based on the theme of diversity, using inspiration from the poem written specially for Premier League Writing Stars, Beautifully different, Wonderfully the same by Joseph Coelho. The poem and subject encourage us to think of ways to celebrate similarities and differences that bring us together, and these are themes that run through this programme.
The judging panel includes former Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand, singer and songwriter Olly Murs, Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, poet Joseph Coelho. Casia Wiliam, current Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Poet Laureate) will guest judge all Welsh-language entries. All judging will be overseen by National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas.
Watch the video below to hear the poem read aloud by an all-star cast!
There will be a top overall prize and 10 prizes for each category (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) in each area. There will also be prizes for the best entries in the Welsh language at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Prizes for overall winners:
Prizes for regional and Welsh winners and overall winners:
There will also be some brilliant bags full to the brim with poetry books up for grabs for the first 1000 schools who submit entries!
The judges will be looking for the following:
We will judge poems on their creative merits. Primary age children develop their skills in writing, spelling and punctuation as they go through school and poems will not be disqualified for errors in handwriting, spelling or punctuation. However, we would encourage all entrants to proof read their poem carefully and send us their best copy.
Supporting resources and activity ideas
We have created some competition packs developed in partnership with the National Literacy Trust with just the right amount of useful resources, including lesson ideas, poem entry activity sheets (which pupils must use for their final entries) and inspirational videos. There is also a Class entry form if you’d rather submit your entries by post. Download what you need and get your pupils writing! You need to register to access all the resources - it's free and really quick to do.
Welsh language versions of these packs are also available below:
You might also be interested in our other English poetry packs – have a look at our Key Stage 1 resource Matchday Magic and our Premier League Reading Stars resource, Poetry Slam, for pupils in upper Key Stage 2. There is also a Key Stage 2 PSHE pack all about Diversity.
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