A butterfly, superimposed with the word butterfly in multiple languages, and the rhythm notation for these words.

(Minibeast) Speech Song

A perfect activity for music lessons, planning performances, showcasing multilingual talent. While the resources are based on minibeasts, once children have grasped the concept, any topic can be used. Children bring in their home languages to explore the rhythm of language – would you clap “grasshopper” different from “butterfly”? How do long and short syllables […]

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Gladstone Primary ‘Feature’ School

‘Rivers of Reading’ aims to explore children’s reading of books, magazines and words in whatever form they are produced and connect the places and people they learn and read with. The different places in which children read can include home, school, a place of worship or even round at a friend’s or neighbour’s house! The […]

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100 Feathers

The “100 Feathers” activity is designed to encourage children to think about people’s stories, by writing a story themselves. We are hoping to collect 100 stories from children, for the 100 feathers flying through the world. This activity is part of Refugee Week and the Migration Matters Festival.

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30 Days Wild – Multilingual

Every year in June, The Wildlife Trusts run the 30 Days Wild challenge – a challenge to do an activity linked to nature, every day, for the whole month. When we recently met up with our local Wildlife Trust (Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust), we suggested the idea of putting together a multilingual version of 30 Days Wild, suitable both for children growing up multilingual, and for those learning another language at school.

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Translating and Creating Poetry

This activity gives pupils an opportunity to think about the act of translation, focusing on language as well as meaning. They are supported through translating a 1,300 year-old poem by Li Bai, a famous Chinese poet. The poem, “Quiet Night Thoughts”, uses a simile and simple language to explore the feeling of loneliness when being away from home.

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Posters for Change

‘Posters for Change’ is an opportunity to try and make local change in your area a reality. Whilst you’re out and about exploring your school grounds, green spaces, local parks and even the streets in which you live, you might notice or learn about how aspects of your local environment could be improved. This activity […]

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Recycling

This activity is focused on promoting recycling in every classroom, across schools and extending these good habits into children’s homes. The emphasis is on understanding the different types of waste produced in the classroom, identifying them in different languages and how we should deal with them. The final stage in the activity is to create […]

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Spring Scavenger Hunt

Our Winter Scavenger Hunt has been our most downloaded activity so far, so we hope that our spring version will be equally useful. With lots of opportunities to identify plants and birds, this is the perfect activity to get children outdoors, and use all their languages to explore nature around them.

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Nature Egg / Star Hunt

Teach children to enjoy nature without disturbing it, while also enabling them to explore colours in nature and in their home languages. Although timed for Easter, we are sharing two sets of worksheets – one with eggs and one with stars, to ensure the activity is suitable all year round. Children cut out the shape and use the hole as a frame to go on a colour hunt in nature, with space to write colours in home languages, and, if they can, to name some of the items they find in nature.

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Lost Wor(l)ds and Secondary School

Today in the International Day of Multilingualism – the perfect day to address a question we have been hearing a lot from teachers: is Lost Wor(l)ds just for primary? Are there ways to integrate multilingualism into secondary school? The answer to the first question is a resounding “no”, and the answer to the second question is a resounding “yes”!! This blog post gives some ideas on how to adapt Lost Wor(l)ds activities for secondary school.

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Letters for Change

This activity seeks to develop children’s understanding of global environmental issues and their connection to language. Children can use heritage language/s (words and phrases or the whole text) to produce a piece of persuasive writing calling for change in respect to a global environmental challenge. The aim is to improve writing skills, extend language knowledge […]

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View from my window

The aim of this activity is to discover and report on views of nature and the surrounding environment from windows in different places, where different languages are spoken, around the world. ‘View from my window’ allows children to draw comparisons between a favourite or familiar view from a window, with one enjoyed by a friend […]

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Showing a river of reading in 3D

Rivers of Reading

This activity is particularly suitable for World Book Day, although it can be run at any time of the year. The Rivers of Reading methodology invites children to create a collage-like piece of work which links their reading experiences to critical incidents in their lives. It lends itself very well to home learning.

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A day in the life

‘A day in the life’ is a storytelling activity suitable for key stage 1 or 2. Children will be encouraged to think in depth about the daily habits and practices of a particular bug or small animal. The advantage of the activity is that the story can be built in stages and there is considerable […]

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Could your school be a Lost Wor(l)ds Feature School?

Every month, we are hoping to share schools on our blog who have used one or more of our activities, to gather examples of good practice, to showcase pupils’ language skills, and to enable schools to evidence their engagement with multilingualism in the classroom. Find out the very simple steps to become a Lost Wor(l)ds Feature School!

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Wor(l)d Home schooling

If you’re looking to inject some nature and language related fun into your home schooling schedule, then look no further! At the ‘Lost Wor(l)ds’ project we’ve selected five easy activities suitable for mono and multilingual children to enjoy. The following activities have been adapted from a wide and growing library of resources available for free […]

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A selection of books about nature, in multiple languages

Write a Wor(l)d Book Review

The Lost Wor(l)ds blog hosts book reviews for books which feature nature, the environment, and conservation. This activity encourages children to write a book review themselves, with the possibility of having in published on the Lost Wor(l)ds website. The book review template for download is provided in Word format, enabling children to fill it in […]

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