The children absolutely loved listening to and joining in with the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ (on quite a number of occasions!), and all became experts at the repeated refrain! They listened carefully to the sounds associated with the different obstacles in the story, and played games matching the sounds to the correct actions. We watched a performance of the story by the author, Michael Rosen and had lots of practice of retelling the story whilst playing in our ‘bear hunt’ tuff tray, complete with real mud, lots of grass, a shaving foam snowstorm, a ‘splashy sploshy’ river and lots of twigs and leaves to ‘stumble trip’ in. We used the patterns made by the words in the story to practise our mark making, and exercised our fingers by threading laces and using tweezers to pick up pom pom ears and googly eyes for bear faces. Our maths activities included matching bears to pattern cards according to their colour and size, and counting how many bears were hiding in different caves! One of our STEM challenges was to build a cave for bears using building blocks and natural materials. The children were brilliant at this, and lots of very complicated structures were produced!
The pinnacle of the week’s excitement was definitely our own bear hunt in Forest School! We searched high and low, making our way over, under and through lots of obstacles, before finally finding our bear in his own little cave in a tree! Luckily, he was a very friendly bear, who was happy to accompany us back to Nursery for more fun and games.