Teaching Notes

The Lost Spells

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

Series The Lost Words

Notes By Eva John

Category Picture Books - Non-Fiction

About the Resources

A 35-page illustrated set of Teachers’ Notes. This Guide is for celebrating the magic of nature and the magic of language. It is for teachers, librarians and children who want to experience the sights and sounds of the seasons. It is for anyone with an interest in the natural world who wants to explore The Lost Spells.

The Guide is for use in classrooms, at home or in an outdoor space of your choosing. The various activities and challenges included can be dipped in and out of or used consecutively as a cross-curricular scheme of work.

There are limitless opportunities for learning across all subjects - from researching, writing and storytelling, to science and conservation projects. New resources will be added with each season, and we hope you enjoy them.


About the Book

Kindred in spirit to The Lost Words but fresh in its form, The Lost Spells is a pocket-sized treasure that introduces a beautiful new set of natural spell-poems and artwork by beloved creative duo Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

As in The Lost Words, these ‘spells’ take their subjects from relatively commonplace, and yet underappreciated, animals, birds, trees and flowers - from Barn Owl to Red Fox, Grey Seal to Silver Birch, Jay to Jackdaw. But they break out of the triptych format of The Lost Words, finding new shapes, new spaces and new voices with which to conjure.

Written to be read aloud, painted in brushstrokes that call to the forest, field, riverbank and also to the heart, The Lost Spells summons back what is often lost from sight and care, and inspires protection and action on behalf of the natural world. Above all, it celebrates a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature’s power to amaze, console and bring joy.

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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.