This year we launched The Great Copyright Hunt © – a brand new competition for children and young people aged 5 to 14 to hunt down the famous copyright symbol in their homes in partnership with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).
The competition invited youngsters to set off on a quest to find the copyright symbol on different types of creative material that can be found around their homes, such as books, posters, newspapers, photos in magazines, games, cereal boxes and much more.
The competition aimed to teach children all about what copyright is and where the symbol can be found through a fun treasure hunt families could do at home.
We saw a huge number of families, over 800, downloading the resources which included a Collector’s Card for children to record their findings on.
All participants were entered into a prize draw to win fantastic prizes for themselves and their school.
Rayyan from Year 4 at Mayflower Primary School in London, won first place, landing their school £1,000 worth of books and an author visit in the new year and a £50 book token.
In second and third places were Finlay in year 5 at Colman Junior School in Norwich and Samuel in Year 4 at Oystermouth Primary School in Swansea. Each won a £40 book token for themselves plus books for their schools.
What’s more, 10 runners up also received book tokens.
Fiona Evans, Director of School Programmes at the National Literacy Trust, said: “We were delighted to work with ALCS to bring The Great Copyright Hunt to children and families across the UK. It’s a great activity families have done together at home and a really fun way to help children learn about copyright through the things they read, see and use every day – from cereal boxes to their favourite books!”
To find out more about copyright, visit ALCS’ copyright education tools