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The Lost Words

Children in Polar Bears Class enjoyed a book reading today from Mr Whinney, who presented a copy of the book The Lost Words to the school.

The Lost Words, by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, highlights through acrostic verse and stunning illustrations, twenty once-common nature words, like acorn, conker, otter & bluebell, that have been excised from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Robert Macfarlane, fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, along with many others, are greatly concerned at the loss of vocabulary and a disconnect with the natural world.

This book seeks to inspire children through ‘spell verse’ - to be spoken aloud - allowing them to conjure back these missing words.

The campaign featured in the Grantham Journal, BBC Look North and BBC East Midlands today and is due to feature in the Grantham Journal again this Friday

Full details on the campaign can be found on our website:

The book will be kept in the School Library for all the children to access.