In the middle of February, midway through the second national lockdown, 300 teddy bears arrived at school all wearing special ‘I’m a Shelton Infant School Teddy’ T-shirts!
The bears learnt about our school and the children who attend here in assembly and in the classroom. They even explored Mr. Leigh’s office!
Every child and adult in school and nursery were given a teddy bear to look after and to keep forever! Staff delivered bears to all children who were working at home. The children were VERY excited to receive their bears. It emphasised to the children that even though school was closed to them, the school was still thinking about them. Many of the children took up the first challenge of making a bed for their bear! Children were also encouraged to bring their bears to their online class ‘Google Meets’.
During a special Bear Week, children in school and at home worked on bear-themed activities – weighting and measuring their bear, writing about their bear, researching famous bears, having a teddy bear’s picnic, etc!
Children took their bears on some lovely adventures and sent lots of photos into school. Many of the bears liked climbing trees and cooking! Some bears went shopping and played in the park! Staff also took their bears everywhere with them, even to the dentist!!
On Monday 8th March when all children returned to school we held a special Bear Day to welcome all the children and their bears back to school and nursery. It was a brilliant and celebratory day with everyone participating in more bear themed activities – making boats for their bears to sail in, going on a barefoot bear hunt, playing party games and lots of teddy bear picnics!
The whole project brought the school community together and it was very happy and uplifting for everyone at a strange and difficult time.