Events returning throughout October 2020


The Poetry of Science Competition has now closed. It was broadened so anyone in the UK  between 6-16 years old could submit an entry. We received over 580 poems and we are now judging the categories. Thank you to all of our poets, we’ll be in touch soon. 


The competition was open to any child in the UK aged 16 or under 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)

Your poem should be about some aspect of science and be no more than 150 words long.

Entries can be made through your school, or individually, with your parent / guardian’s consent. Please make sure your entry form has e-mail contact details for either your teacher or parent / guardian.

The closing date for entries is Thursday 30 April 2020.

See full Terms and Conditions.

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We are grateful to Oxford Brookes University, Science Oxford, Ivy Kids, Nosy Crow, John Adams and OX Magazine for supporting this competition.

You can read the winners and runners up in the 2019, 2018 and 2017 Poetry of Science Competition in the Poetry Anthology 2019 (PDF, 12 MB),  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


Where can I get science poetry inspiration?

The 2019 competition winners are here:

2019 winners

The 2018 competition winners are here:

2018 winners

The 2017 competition winners are here:

2017 winners

Schools that have taken part since 2017 include:

Primary schools

Aston Rowant CE Primary

Botley Primary

Brize Norton Primary

Chandlings Primary

Christ Church Cathedral School

Dr Radcliffe’s CE Primary

Ducklington CE Primary Primary

East Oxford Primary

Five Acres Primary

Goring CE Primary

Hailey CE Primary

Harriers Banbury Academy

Holy Trinity Catholic Primary

Ladygrove Park Primary

Lewknor CE Primary

Madley Brook Primary

Manor School, Didcot

Marcham CE Primary

North Hinksey Primary

Northbourne CE Primary

Orchard Fields Community School

Ridgeway CE Primary

Rush Common Primary

St Andrews Primary

St Blaise CE Primary

St Ebbes CE Primary

St Joseph’s Primary

St Mary & St John Primary

The Manor Preparatory School

Wood Farm Primary

Woodstock CE Primary

Secondary schools

Aureus School

Burford Secondary

Chiltern Hills Academy

Cranford House

Didcot Girls School

Fitzharrys Secondary

Headington School

King Alfred’s Academy

Magdalen College School

Marlborough CE Secondary

Oxford High School

Oxford Spires Academy

Rye St Anthony School

Sir William Borlase Grammar

St Helen and St Katharine

The Bicester School

The Cherwell School

The Oxford Academy

University Technical College

Wheatley Park School

Coming in October 2020

Events for everyone, covering all levels of interest…

…and much more!

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