Posted on: 16/10/2018

'The Lost Words' at Probus School

Last year the grandmother of three children at Probus School donated a beautiful book called ‘The Lost Words’, written by Robert Macfarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. A bestselling book, it acts as a 'spell book', conjuring back the lost, or disappearing, words of nature. 

With such literary and artistic inspiration, each year group at Probus selected a poem and spent a week engaged in seeking, finding, speaking and creating art forms around their chosen subject - be it kingfishers and bluebells, ravens or adders.  Within the curriculum, opportunities were created to engage local artists to work towards putting together a spellbinding promenade performance for the school community on Tuesday 16th October. 

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Sarah Waller from RIO (Real Ideas Organisation), supports the development of Arts Awards from the Arts Council England and transformed 197 children aged 4-11 years into bewitching, lithe and graceful dancers; Roger Luxton, a songwriter, discovered untapped musical abilities and volunteer artist Andrea Brooker inspired the next generation of Royal Academy applicants.

The audience journeyed through a sensory treasure trove of dance, dreams and songs and were treated to a spellbinding melody beckoning lost words back into their lives, written and produced by Maple and Oak classes.   A final poignant touch came with the opportunity to hang their own meaningful and forgotten words of nature on 'The Lost Words' tree.

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This incredible journey does not end there for Probus School.  On 5th December, the children will join the four other schools within the Aspire Trust Truro Hub - Truro Learning Academy, St Mawes Primary School, Cusgarne Primary School and Mount Hake Academy - to perform at the Royal Cornwall Museum. 

Written by Aspire
Written by Aspire