#KeepConnected Sky Academy Studios

#keepconnected Sky Academy Studios for World Poetry Day

Apples and Snakes have teamed up with Sky Academy Studios for World Poetry Day on the 21 March. This is a competition aimed at teachers, designed to inspire your students to create with flair, imagination and expression.

Suitable for school children aged 8 and up, this is an opportunity to have their poem read by some of the UK’s best-loved poets.

What are we looking for?

The theme for this competition is #keepconnected.

Life has changed significantly for a lot of us, but the power of spoken word and poetry has never been more important. We want to hear poems on how life in the past year has made you feel. What’s changed for you? What emotions are you experiencing?

Each teacher will receive an information pack when they sign up that contains free resources from poets such as Malika Booker, Deanna Rodger, Bohdan Piasecki.

Why enter?

This national competition is designed to get your students really thinking and build their creativity, communication and collaboration skills. Writing poetry can be great for mental wellbeing, something that could benefit us all during these pressing times.

Poetry also helps teach your students the basis of spoken language with rhyme, song and story creation.

What will you win?

The winning entries will be featured as part of a cento from Apples and Snakes. A cento is a piece of poetry made up of verses or passages by a number of poets. It can become a huge piece!

Winners will also have their poetry featured in a broadcast on a Sky channel and receive a certificate for their poem.

How to enter

This competition is open to teachers who will be able to submit poems on behalf of their students.

The closing date for submission is Wednesday 10 March 2021.

To enter you will need a Sky Academy Studios account. You don’t need to be an existing member and can sign up for one today for free. Find out more.

John Hegley Writing ResourceJohn Hegley: Putting You in the Picture – Writing Resource

Imagine diving right into a picture: what would you see, hear, feel, smell?

Putting You in the Picture is a resource to inspire and support 9-11 year olds to explore imagined stories behind works of art, leading to the creation of new poems and drawings.

Developed by poet John Hegley, these teaching resources focus on using poetry, stories and artworks to produce creative engagements with visual art. They offer ideas, tips, examples and exercises that will inspire and support your own creative work, and can be used in gallery settings, schools or at home.

Putting You in the Picture resources are produced by Clare Elstow, and have been supported by Arts Council England.


What is Artsmark?

Artsmark is a nationally recognised accreditation demonstrating excellence in arts and cultural provision. It is a way of celebrating and recognising your organisation’s success in these key areas.

How can Apples and Snakes help you with Artsmark?

If you book a poet or storyteller through us to come to your school and deliver a performance, workshops or an INSET, this can contribute towards your Artsmark. You can Book a Poet here. Our experienced poets can deliver workshops and performances linked to World Book Day, National Poetry Day, Celebrating Black History, How to Teach Poetry and other themes at your request.

Who can apply?

All primary and secondary schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings in England can apply for Artsmark.

Why should my organisation apply for Artsmark?

Achieving Artsmark status demonstrates that your school or setting has a number of very special qualities. It demonstrates that you:

  • have an arts and cultural provision for all children and young people
  • are forward thinking and open to development
  • are committed to investing in your staff and young people, in effect nurturing talent
  • are committed to listening to your students and providing opportunities for your community
  • have an effective approach to building sustainable relationships with arts and cultural organisations
  • value the arts and culture through a broad and balanced curriculum

Arts Award celebrates the artistic achievements of young people and can be achieved through any arts, media or cultural activity, including spoken word.

There are no entry requirements, no set rules on how to present your work and no time limit for completing each award as long as you are aged between 7 and 25 years.

Apples and Snakes is an Arts Award supporter. This means if you or a young person you know is interested in developing new creative skills and experiences, then Apples and Snakes can help you to achieve your Arts Award.

Apples and Snakes are one of the 750 organisations across the UK who have pledged to meet the Family Arts Standards, a UK-wide recognised quality-mark demonstrating excellence in family provision.