The Lost Words

The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke.

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 10

Subjects: English, PSHE


Resource Overview

All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world - Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds.
The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustrations by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

The purpose of these challenges is to develop the aims of the national curricula by cultivating:

 

• Ambitious, capable learners

• Enterprising, creative contributors

• Ethical, informed citizens

• Healthy, confident individuals 

Produced by the Hamish Hamilton Team


Resource Assets

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The Lost Words Challenge Cards

In this pack you’ll find a series of 12 challenge cards, all themed around The Lost Words . You can dip in and use as many of the cards as you like with children to help them think about the world around them in lots of interesting and important ways.


Curriculum Objectives

  • Use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary.
  • Year 3 and 4 (Age 7-9)
    • Ask questions to improve understanding of a text.
    • Discuss and record ideas.
    • Discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.
    • Identify how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning.
    • Listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction, reference books or textbooks.
    • Recognise some different forms of poetry [e.g. free verse, narrative poetry].
  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Check that a book makes sense, discussing understanding and exploring word meaning in context.
    • Increase familiarity with a wide range of books