Here at Isambard Brunel Juniors, writing is a very important part of the work that we do.
So every year we encourage our children to enter the Young Writers Competition.
They run competitions for children of all ages from nursery school right up to secondary school age.
It promotes poetry and creative writing amongst young people and the competition sees the best entries printed in a book.
This year we have got about 60 entries in the book and their work was amazing.
The children all get a certificate with which they are presented in assembly. They then get a copy of the book as well. It’s fantastic because there is still a thrill of seeing your name on paper.
Picking up a book and seeing your name in it is really motivating for these children.
For us writing is always a focus. We’ve discovered that if you make the writing real and give it a proper audience, the writing improves. They improve the quality of it.
We were really delighted with it.
We want to carry on finding real reasons to write.
One of the nice things about the competition this year is that it’s given writing a status in the school. It’s not just for a particular group of people.
Everybody has seen it and everybody has aspired to it. That means writing is cool.
More than half of the entries were printed in the book. We entered four classes, in Year 5 and Year 6.
The Year 6 pupils wrote about the Second World War and the emotions behind it.
Meanwhile the Year 5 children wrote more imaginative pieces about what it would be like if they had wings and had the power to fly.
It’s become a part of what we do every year. The younger children want to have a go now – they are asking when the competition is.
They are really enthusiastic because they see what happens to it.
There’s a real outcome where they will get the book and pick it up and show it to their friends and family.
A physical book is really motivating to them, despite all the technology that’s around.
That motivation is going to carry on to next year.
The moment we give them a real purpose to their writing, the quality improves.