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Wow! What a fantastic start to the year!


We began the term with investigation of the beautiful book 'The Lost Words' by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. It explores a number of words linked to the natural world that were removed from the latest publication of the Junior Oxford English Dictionary. Words such as bluebell, acorn and even kingfisher, were taken out.


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We discussed these beautiful words and the poems created by Macfarlane. We spent time outside within the natural environment of the school grounds, gathering observations about the oak trees and wildlife, in order to create our own poems. We wrote about other animal names that were no longer featured in the dictionary edition, and explored what it might mean for the future of this language of nature, if they were permanently missing from our daily conversations.


Having looked at the power of language, we then studied the stunning illustrations inside the book. We looked at pointillism painting techniques and created our own images of kingfishers. The results were spectacular!


Please have a look at some of of our poems and paintings!

'The Lost Words' poetry

Kingfisher pointillism