Using the title of Try, Try Again, we asked pupils to write poems based on the theme of resilience. You might recognise the title Try, Try Again from the poem used in our TV advert for Premier League Primary Stars – it encourages you to work hard and to never give up, and these are themes that ran through this programme.
The competition is being judged by our high-profile panel, including Children's Laureate and writer of the Charlie and Lola books Lauren Child, former footballer and now childen's author Frank Lampard, Everton star Yannick Bolasie and the Young People's Laureate for London, Caleb Femi. Head judge is Jonathan Douglas from the National Literacy Trust.
There are top national prizes and 10 regional prizes for each category (Key stage 1 and Key stage 2).
Prizes for national winners:
Prizes for regional winners and national winners:
Brilliant bags full to the brim with poetry books have been awarded to the first 1,000 schools who submitted entries and will be sent out in the new year!
The judges are looking for the following:
Appropriate and precise vocabulary – does the poem include determined and resilient vocabulary?
Message – is the tone appropriate?
Poetry – does the poem use figurative speech and devices to build a picture in the reader’s mind in a creative and effective way? For example, alliteration, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, symbolism? Does it use the elements of poetry – words chosen for effect, a sense of structure, clever use of rhythm, purposeful use of rhyme, (although not all poems have to rhyme)?
Effect – does the poem inspire or demonstrate resilience? Would you feel like never giving up having read this?
Originality – does this entry stand out from the rest? Is it original and unique?
Appeal – will it appeal to other primary-age pupils? Does the reader feel a connection to the poet/poem?
We are judging 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 encouraged all entrants to proofread their poem carefully and send us their best copy.
We have created some competition packs with just the right amount of useful resources, including lesson ideas, activity sheets, entry template sheets and inspirational videos. Even though the competition has now closed, there are lots of fun activities for you to try with your pupils. You need to register to access all the resources - it's free and really quick to do.
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 Resilience.
Full terms and conditions are available.
This competition is now closed.