ELT Poetry Competition

This year, a group of ELT Schools, alongside Town Farm Primary School, have got together to organise a joint poetry competition on a single theme. The schools taking part were Long Ditton Infant School, Long Ditton St. Mary’s Junior School, Thames Ditton Junior School and Town Farm Primary School.


Every child, from Year 1 all the way to Year 6, used the same image as the starting point for their poem.

The image we chose was a painting by Henri Rousseau called ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Surprised!)’ painted in 1891.


We talked about what might be happening in the picture. For example, who is being surprised? Is it the tiger- or is the tiger surprising someone, or something, else? What about the tiger’s feelings? How did it get there? What is it doing? Schools, classes and children then all took their ideas in different directions to produce their poem.


Every school decided on a winner from each year group. These finalists were then judged by a group of staff from across the schools to pick overall winners.


Our LDSM finalists were Jasmine, Dylan H, Chaemin and Esme. Chaemin and Dylan H also won the overall prize for their yeargroups- well done all of you!


Everyone involved has been wowed by the standards of writing produced by the children, especially as there was complete freedom over the form, style and content of the poem apart from that it had to be something to do with the picture. In the literacy section of the website, you can read the poems written by the finalists and overall winners. Judging all of the entries was really tough! Everyone involved would like to say a huge thank you to all of the children- winners, finalists and everyone who wrote. You have all done yourselves proud.