The Everyday English Dictionary

Gallery Press

My eldest sister has written her name in minute, very angular writing on the inside of the cover, just under the sticky-back plastic. The ink is faded and takes on a green tint now.

My father at some stage commandeered the dictionary to use in the shop. On the thick, yellowed paper at the back he has, in pencil, very lightly checked if the word sadden has one or two ds.

More recently it is found in curious places in this house, left by my older son at homework execution spots.

Today, lifted from under the studio table its soft cover was bent to commandeer.





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Still and Not Still with P2 and Miss White

I feel our whiteboards for the last two weeks communicate our exploration around Still and Not Still clearly. And even though, for a first time, I duplicate journal content as P2 wanted our whiteboards up on their side too, I do feel it appropriate.

Still in a Not Still place

(N.B. Due to a software crash we lost a couple of whiteboards today. These represented my “tandem activity” in and around the studio – so I’ve decided I will make up boards communicating what I was doing – so the above whiteboard is a temporary substitute)

Ann Still North


Ann Still South

Ann Still East

Ann Still West

All these years and we’ve never thought of putting the webcam and mic out the window  – well done Miss Gordon!

And I get the chance to explore recording via the webcam for

P2 and Still in the playground.


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the empirical or physical senses of living organisms (sight, hearing, etc.). For other uses, see Sense (disambiguation).
“Five senses” redirects here. For other uses, see Five senses (disambiguation).

Five senses and the respective sensory organs inherent among Homo sapiens

Humans have a multitude of senses. Sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation), smell (olfaction), and touch (somatosensation) are the five traditionally recognized senses. The ability to detect other stimuli beyond those governed by these most broadly recognized senses also exists, and these sensory modalities include temperature (thermoception), kinesthetic sense (proprioception), pain (nociception), balance (equilibrioception), vibration (mechanoreception), and various internal stimuli (e.g. the different chemoreceptors for detecting salt and carbon dioxide concentrations in the blood). However, what constitutes a sense is a matter of some debate, leading to difficulties in defining what exactly a distinct sense is, and where the borders between responses to related stimuli lay.

Other animals also have receptors to sense the world around them, with degrees of capability varying greatly between species. Humans have a comparatively weak sense of smell and a stronger sense of sight relative to many other mammals while some animals may lack one or more of the traditional five senses. Some animals may also intake and interpret sensory stimuli in very different ways. Some species of animals are able to sense the world in a way that humans cannot, with some species able to sense electrical and magnetic fields, and detect water pressure and currents.



Detail of The Senses of Hearing, Touch and Taste, Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1618

A broadly acceptable definition of a sense would be “A system that consists of a group of sensory cell types that responds to a specific physical phenomenon, and that corresponds to a particular group of regions within the brain where the signals are received and interpreted.” There is no firm agreement as to the number of senses because of differing definitions of what constitutes a sense.

The senses are frequently divided into exteroceptive and interoceptive:

  • Exteroceptive senses are senses that perceive the body’s own position, motion, and state, known as proprioceptive senses. External senses include the traditional five: sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste, as well as thermoception (temperature differences) and possibly an additional weak magnetoception (direction).[1] Proprioceptive senses include nociception (pain); equilibrioception (balance); proprioception (a sense of the position and movement of the parts of one’s own body).
  • Interoceptive senses are senses that perceive sensations in internal organs.

Non-human animals may possess senses that are absent in humans, such as electroreception and detection of polarized light.

In Buddhist philosophy, Ayatana or “sense-base” includes the mind as a sense organ, in addition to the traditional five. This addition to the commonly acknowledged senses may arise from the psychological orientation involved in Buddhist thought and practice. The mind considered by itself is seen as the principal gateway to a different spectrum of phenomena that differ from the physical sense data. This way of viewing the human sense system indicates the importance of internal sources of sensation and perception that complements our experience of the external world.

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Maybe STILL is really difficult!

Maybe Still is really difficult?


Miss Orr had kept this, my first real visit with P5, a secret and we are again surprised as to how much convincing everyone takes, in spite of our numerous virtual exchanges, to be sure that “it is really me” in the classroom! P5, maybe our “virtual–selves” are quite different to our “real” selves?

We turned our thinking again to Still and Not Still.

We all gathered together at the front of the room to talk. I told P5 that I had been wondering where in the classroom you most associate with Still and of course their own individual seats came to mind.

Back in the studio I had been thinking about how we perceive places around us. This had been initiated by something Miss Orr had said during our discussions about the photos everyone had taken, some weeks back, to represent Still and Not Still. Miss Orr had mentioned being interested in the fact that some of the images taken, were only representative of Still because something was missing – in this case the children who play in the wooden house, on the slide or in the sandpit area. One group had in fact gone out to take their photograph precisely because the younger children were playing there, to represent Not Still, but with the bell just ringing that changed instantly! I found it interesting that the place only assumed this identity because of the absence of something.

This in turn started me thinking about our own states of being within a place and how that affects our perception of it.

So, I asked P5 as they sat around me on the floor to write down what they already knew about being in their own seat. They were to consider their experiences in relation to each of the 5 traditional senses, in the order of seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting.  One minute was allotted to make their list for each sense. I had done the same for what I already knew about my primary school seat. We talked about how the sense of taste and smell informs each other and questioned whether you had to physically eat something or put it in your mouth to actually know what it tasted like!


Adam immediately raised a really interesting point, that there are many more senses in addition the five –“You feel time passing and you feel when you get hurt”.

Adam, I was intrigued instantly and have looked up some info (and pasted sections from Wikipedia in the following post) It’s absolutely fascinating and I want to find more but in the meantime I will refer to the senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste as the 5 traditional senses. Thank you Adam!



Having made our lists about what we already knew, everyone was then asked to go back and sit in their own seat. Everyone was then given a further minute, in relation to each of these 5 senses, to list any additions, according to what they were experiencing at that time.

Again one minute was allocated for each sense. We called this activity seeing+, hearing+, feeling+, smelling+ and tasting+.

For all the above we made written notes and audio recordings and want to pursue our ideas further through the documentation.



P5 had been asked to identify places within the school building and its grounds, which they felt most strongly represented Not Still and as a result we all went up to the Rath.

Miss Orr used our carefully chosen words on arrival, without any further instruction, asked everyone to “respond to Not Still”. P5 instantly broken into 3 groups careering off into the distance in three separate directions accompanied by lots noise!


After P5 were brought in round Miss Orr again and this time asked to “respond to Still”. Instantly someone asked “What do you mean?”


After lunch we took ipads, notebooks and pencils and the sound recording gear out to the playground to explore the two ideas of Still and Not Still and their documentation.

Not Still repeatedly seemed to be translated involuntarily, whereas Still was continued to seemingly be something quite challenging. When I reconsidered this myself P5 I concluded that “Maybe Still is really quite difficult?”


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