The Berryfields Bears (Billy, Bella, Bertie, Bea and Millie) are used to motivate and engage our pupils in a variety of ways in the Early Years and Key Stage 1. Each weekend, they are sent home with whoever is awarded Star of the Week and pupils are expected report on what the bear has got up to over the weekend.
With older children, this provides an opportunity to write about the bear’s adventures and, for younger ones, an opportunity to explain their ideas verbally. Additionally the bears are used in our daily provision in a number of ways: for example to comfort a child who is feeling sad or as part of role play to develop language and empathy. In the picture, Billy and Bella are having a party with nursery children to celebrate their birthday!