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Wimborne St Giles

Church of England First School and Nursery

"We flourish not for our own sake, but so we can look outwards and give."


'Together We Grow: Together We Give' - Ezekiel 47 : 12


Our reading task today comes from 'The Lost Spells' by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris (one of my absolute favourites!) that we had begun to share in class last term. Click the links below to read the poem and for the activities! 

Barn Owl - The Lost Spells

Task 1:Have a go at answering these questions:


  1. Why does silence spread below the barn owl?
  2. What is meant by ‘All sound crouches to ground’?
  3. What does Robert Macfarlane mean when he says, ‘Noise is what Owl hunts’?
  4. What effect is created by the line 'Over rushes, across marshes, Owl hushes'
  5. What other words or phrases captured your imagination?


Task 2: (Do not worry if you don't get this far - we will have a go at this in our writing session!) 

Watch this clip from BBC Earth to learn how a barn owl flies silently.


Challenge: Can you write your own acrostic poem or kenning to describe the barn owl? Try and be really descriptive with your choice of verbs (action words) and adjectives (describing words)


Task 3: Listen to Kerry Andrew’s musical interpretation of ‘Barn Owl’ in ‘Ghost Owl’.