Recommended age group: 5–11 and 11–18
Time required: 45–60 min
Equipment: Haiku Challenge resources and film.

The Haiku Challenge

Can your students write a haiku to celebrate the Tokyo 2020* Olympic and Paralympic Games?

The Haiku Challenge encourages students aged 5–18 to celebrate the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympics Games by learning more about Japan and its culture and writing a haiku to celebrate Tokyo 2020. Students who enter their haiku by extended deadline of 28 May 2021 will be in with a chance of winning some exclusive prizes, including signed Team GB/ParalympicsGB kit, a personalised Get Set poster featuring their haiku, and a Get Set writing set

Entries into the Haiku Challenge should:

  • be in the haiku form – 5-7-5 syllables 
  • celebrate Tokyo 2020, Team GB and ParalympicsGB, the Games and/or the Olympic and Paralympic Values
  • be written on the entry sheet with an accompanying cover sheet** (if printing not possible, entries can be sent in another format, but please ensure all details requested on the entry and cover sheets are provided)
  • be submitted by 28 May 2021 as an email to!

Watch our Haiku Challenge film and download our resources to get started! With differentiated presentations for primary and secondary students, home learning, and our quick top tips, there are resources to help everyone start writing at school or at home. The presentations (including teacher notes to support each activity) allow students to explore haikus – their history, form, modern examples – and build their poetic skills and vocabulary to create their own poem to celebrate the Tokyo 2020 Games. 

We look forward to receiving your entries. 

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*The coming Games will now be held in 2021, but they will still be known as the Tokyo 2020!

**Please note multiple students' poems can be entered with one cover sheet.

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