KS2 Competition: Bringing Back the Lost

Competition: Bringing Back the Lost

“Once Upon a Time, words began to vanish from the language of children…”

Did you know that some words that don’t get used as often are removed and replaced in the Oxford Junior Dictionary? And guess what? Lots of Nature words are among those words being lost!

Words that have been lost include Bluebell, Heron, Kingfisher, Starling.. how sad!

The Lost Words is a wonderful  book of poems, or spells, aiming to create that connection again between children and Nature.

The book is written by Robert Macfarlane and beautifully illustrated by Jackie Morris.

The book has become known as a “Beautiful protest” at this loss. And we want  you to respond. With poems, and artwork, and stories,  music and songs – and everything! Whatever you think that helps reinforce the magic of Nature and help bring back the Lost Words to your school..

The competition is open September to November 30th 2019.

And we have a very special prize for the winners..

You could win your very own theatre production of the Lost Words for your school!

Your School can win one of eight bespoke performances  for one class of year 5/6 children at Heaton Park in Spring 2020.

Delivered by highly acclaimed local theatre company Seek Find Speak! The Lost Words Theatre production brings  Nature to life in  an enchanting, magical,  interactive journey in a natural outdoor setting – whatever the weather!

What do you need to do?

Its really easy! First express an interest in the competition by emailing Georgina Nelson at Manchester City Council – georgina.nelson@manchester.gov.uk   

To find out more about the Lost Words, the book is available to lend from all Manchester libraries.

There is also a great free teaching resource  here, or “Explorers Guide”  to help make your creative response even more exciting:


When you have created your response to the Lost Words, simply send photos or a powerpoint of your display/ examples of your music, spells  etc to Georgina at the above address by 30th November 2019.

We will then arrange a possible visit to the school to meet the children and for them to talk us through their entry..

Winners will be announced by the End of December 2019 – what an early Christmas present!

NB please note: Transport to Heaton Park is not included.

Article Posted: December 4, 2019

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