Chalk talk: A creative competition to help foster a love of literature

 

And now for a welcome move to foster more creativity in the classroom.

Children's (and adults') poet Kit Wright is urging secondary-school pupils to come up with their own poems as part of the annual Children's Bookshow competition – supported by The Independent.

Wright, famous for his The Magic Box: Poems for Children collection, has asked them to write a poem inspired by a picture they have come across. It could be an Old Master or even a favourite family photograph – and children can base the poem on the whole picture or just a part of it. The competition, for which the closing date is 30 November, is part of a campaign to promote a love of literature among schoolchildren. There are two categories: one for children under nine and the second for nine- to 13-year-olds.

As part of the campaign, 14 authors and poets, including Michael Rosen and Catherine Rayner, winner of the Best New Illustrator Award by Booktrust, will be touring theatres and halls to give readings. The winners will each receive a signed copy of a book by each of the 14 authors involved, plus £150 worth of free books for their school. To submit an entry, email your poem and a copy of the picture that inspired it to: thechildrensbookshow@gmail.com, along with your name, age, address and the telephone number of your school. Or entries can be posted to: The Children's Bookshow, PO Box 72006, London NW6 9RU.

On a similar theme, Hinchingbroke School pupils, in Cambridgeshire, will be declaring war on their normal school timetable today in a move that will probably receive the blessing of industry chiefs.

It will be one of four days in the school year devoted to developing skills such as resilience, teamwork and creative thinking – all the kind of things the Conferation of British Industry says should be developed in school, but often are not.

First-year pupils will be asked to tackle the question: "What made Lewis Hamilton?" Those in their final year will be doing archery, climbing, taking part in a boat race and tackling an assault course. Could catch on.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Education

Imperial College London: Safety Training Administrator

£25,880 – £28,610 per annum: Imperial College London: Imperial College London ...

University College London: Client Platform Support Officer

£26,976 - £31,614 per annum: University College London: UCL Information Servic...

Guru Careers: Instructional Designer / e-Learning Designer

£30 - 32k (DOE): Guru Careers: We are seeking an Instructional / e-Learning De...

Recruitment Genius: Schools Education & Careers Executive

£30500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Schools Education & Careers Executive ...

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss