Teaching Notes

The Lost Words

By Robert Macfarlane (Author) and Jackie Morris (Illustrator)

Series The Lost Words

Notes By Eva John

Category Poetry

About the Resources

A 32-page illustrated Explorer’s Guide to The Lost Words, for teachers, parents, children, nurseries, youth groups, charities, outdoor instructors, Forest Schools, primary schools, secondary schools, hostel staff, festival organisers, community workers, storytellers,... it's for anyone with an interest in nature, words and images, and anyone who wants to explore further some of the ideas and creatures conjured up by The Lost Words: A Spell Book.

Also available for download is a pack containing 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.

A 35-guide companion to the above resources, An Explorer’s Guide: Spell Songs is an exploration of the whole range of beautiful musical responses by eight musicians to the art and words of Jackie Morris and Roberet Macfarlane, together with the new spells and paintings that appear in this artefact.


About the Book

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 illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

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Comprehensive teachers’ notes designed to develop critical thinking skills and a more sophisticated, considered response to texts and illustrations.

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The notes provide:

  • open-ended discussion points and activities to encourage the development of pupil independence, collaborative working and problem-solving
  • use of talking and writing partners to build pupil confidence
  • reading comprehension skills – literal, deductive, inferential, analytical, evaluative
  • vocabulary enrichment
  • drama activities
  • evaluation of, and innovation on, author techniques
  • research opportunities
  • stimulating writing and creative activities in response to text and illustrations
  • pupil engagement and creativity at the heart of activities
  • awareness of purpose and audience and selection of appropriate form, style, register and medium of communication.