Our classes at Stannington

From September 2018, we have new class names chosen from Robert Macfarlane's book, 'The Lost Words'.
 
In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary, widely used in schools around the world including here at Stannington First, was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary.
 
The list of these "lost words" included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail.
 
The news of these substitutions, the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual, became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world.
 
At Stannington First, the use of the outdoors to enhance and stimulate learning is a vital part of our school curriculum so from September 2018, we have decided to use some of these 'lost words' to name our classes.