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.
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.