The Reception children at Michael Faraday School recently went on a bear hunt around the school gardens. This started off as a secret mission as the children didn’t know what they might find. Class teachers Kelly and Polly gave the children instructions to look out for anything unusual.
One of the children soon found a key lying on a tree stump. It had a label on it saying gate to the orchard. All of the children made their way over to the orchard to see if they could find anything.
The key unlocked the gate, and then the serious searching could start. Soon after one of the children found a teddy bear and a suitcase! We were very excited to find out what might be inside the suitcase.
The Reception children then sat in a circle in the playground, whilst a couple of the pupils read out a letter that was found in the suitcase. We learnt that the bear was called Elisa Brown. She lives in Walworth, and likes to travel.
Also inside the suitcase was a passport and a toothbrush. Elisa explained in the letter that her favourite food was fish and chips. This was fantastic timing as Fridays are fish and chips day in the school canteen!
A couple of the Reception children volunteered to look after our new friend over the lunch break. This is a responsibility that will be shared over the coming weeks.
We are expecting Elisa Bear to go on many different journeys around the world during the second half of the summer term. We are hopeful that she will be writing to the Reception pupils at each location that she visits.
This will be a great opportunity for the children to research a little more about other countries, as well as learn some of the languages spoken. Elisa even has ambitions to visit Rio during the summer Olympics. It would be fantastic to receive some letters from her during this trip.