'Dream big' poem by Milton Keynes primary school class impresses Premier League footballer Wes Morgan
Six and seven year old pupils from a city primary school have been named as regional winners of the Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition.
Youngsters from the Hippos Class at Loughton Manor First School were among thousands of children to enter the competition, which tasked pupils with writing an original poem on the theme of ambition.
The judging panel was comprised of Leicester City footballer Wes Morgan, poet and author Karl Nova and Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell.
The Hippos' poem, called Dream Big, reads:
Make progress at every step
Believe in yourself
Improve your attitude
Try and try, one day you’ll fly
Inspire the world with wonder
On your journey, obstacles are in your way
Never give up, you can reach your destiny
The poem has been praised by Wes, who said: “It’s been fantastic to be involved in this competition. I want to congratulate every child who took part as I’ve had the opportunity to read some really inspirational poetry. Each and every one brought to life the theme of ambition in such a personal way."
He added: "I feel like I could read some of these poems to my teammates in the locker room before a game and get them inspired and motivated to give 100 per cent on the pitch.”
Karl Nova said: “I’ve loved being part of this judging panel and I am really grateful to the Premier League for promoting art and poetry among young kids. I was so impressed by the quality of the writing, choosing a winner was certainly not easy.”
The poetry competition is supported by the National Literacy Trust and is part of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme, which uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
Premier League Primary Stars offer free downloadable activities and resources suitable for home and school learning across English, Maths, PSHE and PE. You can access them here