An interdisciplinary school Explorers Pack for KS2-KS3 created by Eva John celebrating the music, art and natural wonders found in Spell Songs.
The pack provides a wide range of suggestions to embrace a cross-curricular approach, encouraging constructive curiosity and suggesting a variety of ways of communicating and responding creatively, using a wide range of interdisciplinary skills. Suggestions are made for individual and collaborative work, with the opportunity for some activities to involve the wider community.
It is an exploration of the whole range of beautiful musical responses by eight musicians to the art and words of Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane, together with the new spells and paintings that appear in this artefact.
The overwhelming and widespread response to The Lost Words and Spell Songs also offers a heartening opportunity for the redevelopment of a strong shared poetic and musical culture, rooted in an awareness of our environment, both local and beyond, something which has been eroding over time, brought about by the loss - of words, the ability to name, the capacity to notice.
There is recognition of the importance of space - in art and music and literature and life. Space to think: to ask and answer questions, to observe, reflect, understand, create and share. Time to think about the absence, or threatened absence of things, and what is truly important to us, to create a sense of personal responsibility with regard to protecting and cherishing our natural world and the creative opportunities that are open to young people.
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