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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’


What does Art look like at JC? 

Welcome to 2019


This year our whole school displays were inspired by the beautiful picture book,

The Lost Words by Robert McFarlane. 


Robert Macfarlane 

The Lost Words is a very special illustrated collection of spell-poems to re-wild the language of children. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. These are the words of the natural world - Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children's minds.

Jackie Morris

This work stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke.

Assembled in acrostic spell-poems by Robert Macfarlane and illuminated by Jackie Morris’ unparalleled skill in rendering the natural world, The Lost Words is a volume to be treasured forever. The book – standing two feet high and over 130 pages – will almost be as monumental as the world it describes, a fitting thing of beauty to arrest the decline of a language and experience that are both so quickly fading away.

Watch an exclusive interview with Robert Macfarlane about The Lost Words including Robert reading aloud of some of the book's magical nature spells. morris/9780241253588 







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Broadgate Park Art Project 2019 

A group of 10 children from John Clifford had the amazing opportunity to take part in a Street Art project with the support of Broxtowe Borough Council and the Beeston District and Civic Society.  The children took part in a stencil art session with the amazing Nathan Parker (professional street artist). They then created their own stencils ready to use on the wall. The children showed creativity and enthusiasm for this project and their artwork is a true reflection of this.


This wall aims to give all children at John Clifford a sense of pride in their local area and to encourage respect for their local environment. Please take a look at our wall the next time you take a walk through Broadgate Park. 

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