18 January 2021
We are very proud of two Junior students, Izzy and Kitty, who entered the Richard Jeffries Young Nature Writers Competition 2020, and out of 600 entries, Izzy (Y6) was a runner-up and Kitty (Y5) was listed in the 20 shortlisted writers. A brilliant achievement for two of the youngest students in the School. Both students used their experiences of lockdown to inspire their writing, and reflected on what they had enjoyed about feeling closer to nature.
‘When I found out about the writing competition, I was really excited because it combined two of my favourite things: writing and nature! During lockdown I spent a lot of time walking by the river, swimming and playing on my paddleboard. I have really enjoyed watching the seasons change this year and especially watching the wildlife play in the water. It has been a big part of my 2020. This meant that when I sat down to write, I had lots of ideas and could see very clearly what I wanted to base my description on.’
‘I wrote this piece of description during the autumn half-term. I live near woodland and during the holiday my mum and I often went for walks. You may not feel like going outside, but once you’ve done it you always feel better! I thought that rather than writing a story with a plot, I would try to recreate the experience using all my senses.’