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18–28 October 2019

FREE poetry workshops during the Easter holidays at Oxfordshire County Library, Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1DJClick here for Tuesday 9 April, 10am–12pm Click here for Monday 15 April, 2–4pm

Entries for the 2019 IF Oxford Poetry of Science Competition are now open!

You have until Tues 30 April to send us your terrific scientific poem.

Click the button below to download an entry form and the full competition rules (Word, 140 KB).

Poetry competition entry form

The competition is open to any child at primary or secondary school, or home-schooled in Oxfordshire, and will be judged in three age categories:
• School Year 2 and below (i.e. Key stage 1)
• School Years 3 – 6 (i.e. Key Stage 2)
• School Years 7 – 11 (i.e. Key Stages 3 and 4)

The winning poems plus runners-up in all three age categories will be performed at the Poetry of Science event at IF Oxford in October 2019 and printed in a special poetry anthology. There will be other exciting prizes, including school visits from Science Oxford‘s education team, science kits from John Adams and a selection of science-themed poetry books from Faber & Faber and Bloomsbury Education.

The 2019 competition is supported by Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and Oxfordshire County Council.

Need some inspiration?

Come along to one of our family poetry workshops in the Easter holidays at Oxfordshire County Library, Westgate, Oxford, OX1 1DJ

Tuesday 9 April, 10am-12pm

Monday 15 April, 2-4pm

These lively interactive poetry workshops for families aim to get brains fizzing with new poems on the theme of science. Come and race a comet, ponder the universe’s most outlandish facts and be inspired by the wonders of the animal kingdom. Led by award-winning poet Kate Wakeling and the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, the workshops will explore a host of colourful ideas and playful writing techniques that support children in writing brand new poems. Suitable for ages 6 – 16. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

You can read the winners and runners up in the 2017 and 2018 Oxfordshire Schools Science Poetry Competition in the Poetry Anthology 2018 (PDF, 8.5 MB) and Poetry Anthology 2017 (PDF, 374KB) or watch the videos below.

Year 1 – 2 age category

2018 Winner

Gravity by Rose age 6 from Aston Rowant Primary School

Performed by Megan Edwards and Philip Baker from the Oxford University Trampoline Club

2018 Runner up

Experiments by Noah, age 7 from Chandlings School

Performed by the education team from Science Oxford

2018 Runner up

Volcano by Tom, age 7 from St Ebbes Primary School

Performed by volcanologist, David Pyle from the University of Oxford

Year 3 – 6 age category

2018 Winner

The Insignificant Acorn by Marianna age 9 from St Andrew’s Primary School

Performed by environmental biologist, Andrew Lack from Oxford Brookes University

2018 Runner up

Invention by Luke, age 11 from Chandlings School

Performed by Chris Tandy from the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

2018 Runner up

Venus Fly Trap by Finn, age 10 from St Andrew’s Primary School

Performed by Chris Thorogood from The University of Oxford Botanic Gardens.

Year 7 – 11 age category

2018 Winner

apotheosis by Euan, age 16 from Magdalen College School

Performed by Reverend Mia Smith from Hertford College Oxford

2018 Runner up

Wonder Women of Science by Abigail, age 11 from Cranford House School

Performed by engineers Gladys Ngetich and Priyanka Dhopade from the University of Oxford

2018 Runner up

Lessons from Einstein by Mackenzie, age 12 from The Bicester School

Performed by Chris Parkin from the Museum of the History of Science



Open to individual young poets or a whole class…

Schools that have taken part include:

Primary schools

Aston Rowant CE Primary

Chandlings Primary

Ducklington CE Primary Primary

East Oxford Primary

Hailey CE Primary

Ladygrove Park Primary

Lewknor CE Primary

Orchard Fields Community School

St Andrews Primary

St Ebbes CE Primary

St Joseph’s Primary

The Ridgeway Primary

Secondary schools

Aureus School

Cranford House

Didcot Girls School

Headington School

King Alfred’s Academy

Magdalen College School

Oxford Spires Academy

St Helen and St Katharine

The Bicester School

The Cherwell School

Where can I get science poetry inspiration?

The 2018 competition winners can be found here:

2018 winners

The 2017 competition winners can be found here:

2017 winners

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