Sun safety poems

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The importance of sun safety is the theme for a new poetry competition for primary pupils.

The importance of sun safety is the theme for a new poetry competition for primary pupils.

Cancer Research UK and NIVEA SUN have launched the scheme as part of their sun safety awareness programme. To enter, pupils need to create a poem about enjoying the sun safely that incorporates the line: “The Sun has got his hat on."

The programme as a whole provides resources and information on sun safety in line with the national curriculum, and can be linked into many subjects and learning stages, from science to literacy. Resources include lesson plans and assembly packs among other things.

Caroline Cerny, health campaigns manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “While it's great for children to spend time outdoors in the summer and some sun is good for us, it's really important that children learn to protect themselves from sunburn. Young skin is particularly delicate and vulnerable to damage from overexposure to UV rays."

The entry form is online at and entries must be submitted by May 31.

To find out more about enjoying the sun safely, visit Cancer Research UK's SunSmart website,

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