Would your school like to take part?

The WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust’s Government-funded School programme has had an overwhelming response from schools and schoolchildren.

So much so that we are now extending our WW1 Poem Writing Competition for year 5 and 6 (10-11 year olds) to all Junior Schools across the UK&NI and overseas.

The Competition

Given some background on the exploits of all nations in the Great War, the children are encouraged to write a poem that shows understanding and remembrance of the sacrifice given by so many and which therefore enables them the freedoms that they enjoy today. Supporting teachers with this, we provide access to our WW1 poem-writing video, created by Simon Mole – a poet/teacher well known for his online lesson plans. We also provide a  WW1 slideshow and lesson plans in English and French .

We provide biodegradable paper for the poems to be written on, which has been seeded with Poppies, Cornflowers and Forget-Me-Nots, the memorial flowers of Britain, France and Germany. There is a £25 fee which purely goes to cover the cost of the seeded paper and postage.

On July 1st, 2024 the poems will be dropped from our Poetry Plane, a replica WW1 Nieuport 17, over the commemorative battlefield sites across the Somme in Northern France and on 3rd July over the National Memorial Arboretum.

Once your children have completed their poems, you need to select your top three poems and send these to us at the address below. As well as being flown and dropped at the commemorative sites they will also go into a competition for an overall prize. (probably a good idea to say what prize). The remaining poems can be used by the children to plant their own memorial gardens.

WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust, 3 The Willows, North Warnborough, Hook Hants, RG29 1DR.

For your children to take part and your School to be part of an international act of commemoration and remembrance please complete the registration details below and use the links to buy the seeded paper and access the training video and supporting files.

WW1AHT also run
Full Day STEM Visits –
Poems, Quiz & Simulator to Junior schools in Essex and North London


This will take you to the Roamwild website (our
seeded paper partner) where you can purchase the
poem paper. Each sheet will provide enough for eight
poems if cut into rectangles 110mm x 70mm.

This will enable you to access the poem training
video and download the supporting files we provide
for the poetry competition. 

*The WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust is a registered Charity (1156699) set up to provide an enduring flying collection of World War I Allied and German aeroplanes. Our goal is the education of current and future generations as testimony to the aircrews of the Great War, their planes, and their sacrifice.