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

The Haiku Challenge

Our Haiku Challenge competition is now closed for entries, but you can still use the resources to explore haikus and challenge students to get creative!

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. 

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

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. 

*The Games were held in 2021, but were still known as Tokyo 2020!

Thank you for your entries

We were amazed by the creative haikus we received. Check out our top entries and get inspired at:

Get active

Take and active break with a Radio Taiso workout, or try our Tokyo and the Games presentations to move and discover more about Japanese culture and sport!