Win Reading Plus - Christmas Poem Competition 2022

‘Tis the season to be jolly…

Our Christmas poem competition is back, and this year we have partnered with the Digital Poverty Alliance whose mission is to end digital poverty once and for all by 2030.


Win Reading Plus

To be in with a chance of winning the online reading development programme, Reading Plus, children/pupils must submit a poem named ‘What Christmas means to me’.

The poem can be an acrostic, rhyming, or non-rhyming and be no longer than 12 lines.

If poems are entered by a parent, carer, or guardian, they must have confirmation from the child’s school that they would be willing to receive the prize if they win the competition. 

Competition is open to non-Reading Plus user schools only.



Three prizes will be awarded:

Prize 1: The school with the most votes will win a tablet and a one-year subscription to Reading Plus for one class (up to 35 licences), including full training, implementation, and support for the duration of the prize.

Prize 2: The school with the 2nd most votes will win a tablet and a £100 Amazon voucher for their school.

Prize 3: The school with the 3rd most votes will win a tablet and a £50 Amazon voucher for their school.


How to enter

Entries should be emailed, including school name, pupil name and age, to by 5 pm on Wednesday, 7th December 2022. Only one entry per pupil will be accepted.

Six entries (poems) will then be shortlisted and shared on Reading Solutions UK's social media channels, and readers will be asked to vote for their favourite. The top three poems with the most votes will win the prizes. Voting closes at noon on Monday, 12th December 2022.

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Proud to support the Digital Poverty Alliance

We’re proud to support the Digital Poverty Alliance, whose vision is to live in a world that enables everyone to access digital's life-changing benefits.

Did you know?
• More than a third (36%) of primary school-age children did not always have access to an adequate device for online learning at home, compared to 17% of secondary-age children.
• 2.9 million young people (21%) do not have access to either a laptop or desktop computer.
• A third of young people (32%) do not have access to home broadband.

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Lesson ideas for your class

As the title of the poem is ‘What Christmas means to me’, to inspire children and generate ideas, here are some suggested questions to start a class discussion:

  • What is Christmas?
  • How do we celebrate it?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How is it celebrated around the world?
  • What does it mean to you?
  • What’s your favourite Christmas tradition?

Here are some helpful links about the meaning of Christmas, what Christmas looks like around the world, and TES and Twinkl teaching resources:

BBC Bitesize: What is Christmas? 

Twinkl: Christmas around the world

Video: Christmas traditions around the world (song for kids)

TES: Winter Poetry Word Bank

Christmas poems for children

We’ve put together a Christmas playlist for your students (and yourself!) to enjoy as your students write their poems.

Click here to play our Spotify playlist.