See this joyful and hopeful exhibition at Lewis Cubitt Square
Lockdown was a strange time for everyone, but perhaps most of all for children. As they were welcomed back in September, the pupils at King’s Cross Academy school took part in a national literacy project run by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. Based around Oliver Jeffer’s inspirational book, Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, the project helped ease the children back to school.
Engaging in creative activities, the children used the book to make sense of their experiences, their relationships with each other and the world around them. The project, Words for the World was a resounding success and the pupils were joined by parents, staff, authors, poets and artists including Michael Rosen, Konnie Huq, Shirley Hughes, Benji Davies, Viv Schwarz and Andy Leek, as well as countless adults from the King’s Cross Community who shared their own notes for living on Planet Earth.
The result is this joyful and hopeful exhibition which you can see at Lewis Cubitt Square.
Emyr Fairburn, Headteacher at King’s Cross Academy says, “We wanted to celebrate our children’s return with a joyful, inquisitive project that gave us all time to share and reflect on our experiences of the pandemic. It was important that our children felt that they had some agency over making the world a better place, that they could change the current narrative that has focussed solely on what they may have lost.
“We wanted to champion what our children have learnt and gained during this strange period of time. We wanted to show our community that there is reason to hope, because as a result of what they have lived through, our children have the potential to be more resilient, generous and appreciative of this planet than any of us grown-ups could ever be.”
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, is written and illustrated by world-renowned picture book maker, Oliver Jeffers and takes the reader on a journey through a series of heartfelt notes which introduce planet Earth.
Oliver Jeffers’s books include How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found and the New York Times bestsellers Stuck, This Moose Belongs to Me and Once Upon an Alphabet. He has sold over 14 million copies in 46 territories worldwide and has been the recipient of some of children’s books highest accolades, including the Nestlé Gold Medal for Lost and Found, the Irish Picture Book of the Year for The Incredible Book Eating Boy and Best Audio Performer of the Year for Here We Are.
About the project
The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) is a charity dedicated to raising literacy achievement by putting quality children’s literature at the heart of all learning.
Louise Johns-Shepherd, Chief Executive at CLPE says of the project, ‘2020 has been an exceptional year and we wanted to create something special to support schools as they worked to bring children back together, building a sense of community helping children look forward to the future in a positive way – a curriculum for recovery. We wrote a two-week-long, whole school unit of work based on Oliver Jeffers’ beautiful book, ‘Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth’ which was used in thousands of schools across the UK in September. As a celebration of the work, we asked pupils, staff and parents to share their own notes for living on Planet Earth producing a nationwide focus on unity and kindness.‘