Half Term Holiday Premier League Primary Stars Poetry Competition

Dear Parents,

During the coming half term holiday, do you anticipate those magical words ‘but I’m so bored’ surfacing? If so, then this optional home learning activity might be for you.
We want to offer our pupils the opportunity to write poems any style of poem they like based on the theme of resilience, entitled Try, Try Again, linked to our school wide Growth Mindset theme. You might recognise that as the title of the poem used in the TV advert for Premier League Primary Stars – it encourages you to work hard and to never give up.
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We would like to set this as (an optional) half term challenge where the children take time to think about what resilience means to them, and if there are any areas in their life that require them to be resilient.

Key information

  • The competition is open from Thursday 28 September 2017 – National Poetry Day – until the end of the autumn term – Friday 22 December 2017.
  • There are two categories – one for pupils in Key Stage 1 and one for those in Key Stage 2.
  • Individual or group entries are allowed for Key Stage 1, only individual entries for Key Stage 2.
  • Poems should be no more than 20 lines or 150 words and be on the theme of resilience.
  • Pupils can continue the Try, Try Again poem or start a new poem. Poems can be of any structure and don’t have to rhyme.


There will be a top national prize and 10 regional prizes for each category (Key stage 1 and Key stage 2).

Prizes for national winners:
– A visit to your school by a children’s author or poet to lead a poetry workshop, plus the Premier League Trophy!
– The winning poems read aloud by a Premier League star and captured on film

Prizes for regional winners and national winners:
– An invitation to an exclusive award ceremony in March 2018 in London
– The winning poems featured in an illustrated book of Premier League Writing Stars poems
– A framed version of the winning poems
– Premier League football kit

There will also be some brilliant bags full to the brim with poetry books up for grabs for the first 1,000 schools who submit entries!

We would like all (handwritten or word processed) entries to be in by Friday 3rd November and handed into the entry box in the school office. All poems should be created on A4 paper, which, if required, can be collected from the office. We will upload these entries and send them off to be judged, and then await to hear whether we have any regional or national winners!
Best Wishes and Happy Writing
Mr Hibell and Mr Scorer