International Primary Curriculum: The bear necessities

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By Anne KeelingMedia Relations, International Primary Curriculum

and Louise TettReception teacher

From teddy bears to grizzly bears, explore the world of animals using ideas from the International Primary Curriculum


April is National Pet Month, designed to raise awareness of the importance of animal welfare. Many children do not have the opportunity to own a pet, so a teddy bear can be a good alternative. Reception teacher Louise Tett took advantage of this during her work on the Bears unit of the Early Years Programme for four and five-year-olds from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).

Louise teaches at Fair Oak Infant School in Hampshire, where they have been working with the IPC for the past two years, aiming to bring a thematic, cross-curricular, skills-based, rigorous and internationally-minded learning approach to all their infants. Louise worked on the Bears theme for six weeks, linking to all the Early Years strands, plus numeracy and literacy wherever appropriate.

Bring your bear to school day

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