Southwell P.S. Pre-primary and Kindy class held a Teddy Bears Picnic. In the lead up to this exciting event, the children were involved in a number of activities relating to bears. These activities linked directly across the learning areas within the Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning framework. The children sang songs, completed crafts and cooking, rehearsed nursery rhymes, played games and looked at the habitat and life of bears in the environment.
The picnic was a very successful community event, where all parents, caregivers and younger siblings were invited to attend. The Early Childhood teachers strongly encourage positive relationships between caregivers and educators and therefore this was a brilliant opportunity to get to know families.
We began the day completing lots of activities including cooking and crafts. Then at 11.00am, the parents arrived and we carried our teddies out to the picnic rugs. We all indulged in some delicious food, cooked by the children and donated by the parents. Following this the children played beautifully with their teddies in the playground and the adults were encouraged to get involved with their child’s imaginative play.
Overall, staff were blown away by the enthusiasm and support from the families involved. They felt so lucky at the end of the day to be working with not just wonderful children, but their caring, loving and motivated parents too!
Thank you to all involved and we look forward to our next community event in Term 2…MOTHERS DAY!