TIME REQUIRED: 45–60 min
EQUIPMENT: Haiku Challenge resources and film.



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

The Haiku Challenge encourages children 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. Children who enter their haiku by 23 October 2020 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 23 October 2020 as an email to!

Watch our Haiku Challenge film and download our resources to get started! Our home learning presentation includes a variety of activities for taking part in the challenge outside of the classroom. Secondary-aged children (and older primary students) will be able to work through the activities on their own, whereas younger children will need adult support. For those with less time, or who want to dive straight in to writing their haiku, our quick top tips presentation includes all the essential information and a quick five step activity to get you started. For differentiated primary and secondary class-based presentations check out our classroom Haiku Challenge resources. 

We hope you enjoy exploring haikus and 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 children's poems can be entered with one cover sheet.