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Important update: Changes to Children’s Services
Learning at Work Week 2019
Before and After school provision
School term and holiday dates 2020/21
Teachers’ pay grant funding for 2019/20
Wastebusters update
Surrey Fire and Rescue consultation
Surrey Music Hub CPD Programme
MSI (Multisensory Impairment) training course
The Lost Words – Free book for Surrey schools
Moving and Handling in schools training course
Fire Risk Assessment Training 2019
My Reward bulletin - May
Living Streets
Breck's Last Game - update
Fantastic volunteering opportunity at Surrey Libraries
Foreword from Liz Mills
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The Lost Words – Free book for Surrey schools

I’m so pleased to be able to let you know that the The Lost Words for Surrey Schools campaign successfully raised £5600, generously donated by 102 supporters!

This means that every primary, infant, special and secondary school, as well as pupil referral units (and a number of Surrey libraries) can all be given a copy of ‘The Lost Words’ book by Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane, as well as a copy of the associated teaching notes written by Eva John (and freely available here should you wish to have a look)*.

At a time when children are losing the language of nature from their vocabulary ‘The Lost Words’ uses acrostic poems and stunning illustrations to celebrate 20 nature words, such as conker, kingfisher and bluebell, which are becoming so infrequently used by children, that the most recent edition of a well known children’s dictionary removed them, to make space for more well used words such as chatroom and blog.


I hope that having a copy of this beautiful book in your school will help with inspiring children about the wonder of nature!

There have been many other successful Lost Words campaigns around the UK and it’s great to see that Surrey has now been added to The Lost Words map!

Once you have received the book it would be wonderful to be able to let the campaign supporters on social media know how it is being used by schools. Please do send any photos/ news  that you are willing to share, about how The Lost Words is inspiring children in your school, either by email: on Facebook @LostWordsForSurrey or Twitter @LostWordsSurrey #TheLostWords

There is more information about the campaign here:  and I hope to get a gallery of photos up and running on the website: very soon.

Should you be interested, there is a Lost Words for Schools padlet here with lots of ideas showing how other schools have been using the book.

I hope to start hand delivering and posting out copies of the book before the half term break, however please do bear with me as it may take a while to get to you all!

The Lost Words for Surrey Schools Campaign was launched on BBC Surrey radio, they would love to come into a school to deliver a book and record a piece for their radio show (also videoing it for social media). If your school is in the Guildford area and might be interested in taking part in this, please do email me at the above email address.

With best wishes,

Jo Elphick – volunteer organiser Lost Words for Surrey

*Please note that this does not include the Surrey Heath borough, as these schools have already recieved copies of the book thanks to The Natural Surrey Heath Partnership who donated copies. There are also several schools in the Haslemere area who have already had copies of the book donated by The Haslemere Bookshop.