Acorn, bluebell, conker, kingfisher and otter are some of the nature words that have been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary and were the inspiration behind the book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris.
The book contains a magical book of spells (acrostic poems) to inspire children to connect with the natural world. The book was awarded the Children’s Book of the Year 2018 and has also been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals.
An Oxfordshire crowdfunding campaign smashed its target to provide a copy of The Lost Words to every primary and secondary school in the county. Along with the book, schools will receive a copy of The Lost Words Explorers Guide which is full of ideas and activities and a resource guide for teachers.
The first book to be delivered to a Henley school was Badgemore Primary School last Friday by Henley resident and crowdfunding volunteer, Liz Ware who wanted to help the campaign. She presented the book to Head Girl, Freja Ogborne. Liz told the children, “When I was a little girl I used to help my Mum who was a teacher collect nature items for her classroom nature table and I learnt all about flowers and birds. I’ve got grandchildren now so I’d like them to learn about nature too. You have some amazing things going on in your school so I thought you should be the first school in Henley to have a book.” Afterwards Liz read the ‘Newt’ poem to the Year 5/6 children.
Deputy Headteacher, Tim Hoskins said, “We are really grateful to have received the book, The Lost Words and are looking forward to exploring these themes as part of our Forest School learning activities. We, at Badgemore Primary School, believe it is important to ensure that these words are not lost from our children’s language and understanding.”