‘Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first no one noticed – fading away like water on stone. The words were those that children used to name the natural world around them: acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker – gone! Fern, heather, kingfisher, otter, raven, willow, raven, wren…all of them gone! The words were becoming lost: no longer vivid in children’s voices, no longer alive in their stories.’
From the introductory paragraph to Robert Macfarlane’s award winning book, ‘Lost Words’ which was presented to our children this week.
At Badgemore, we don’t see nature and our outdoors environment as a place to visit on the weekend, it is our home and the place we learn best in. All children at Badgemore Primary School, engage in Outdoor Learning at least once a week and thoroughly enjoy Forest School every two weeks.