18th February 2000 at 00:00
All our reception children had brought in their teddy bears because they were reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears and thinking about a toy shop for their maths.

They sat in a circle and introduced their bears by name. There were several Poohs and Paddingtons, and a sprinkling of Ruperts.

One little girl, whose bear was a brilliant cerise colour, proudly told everyone that her teddy was called Cherry Bear. As Cherry was not only rather pink but also had a slight pot belly, the staff sniggers started.

But the littl boy sitting next to Cherry's owner took the biscuit when he solemnly announced that his teddy, which had curly hair, glasses and a fixed smile, was called Tony Bear.

CHRIS HEALD * We invited a mime group in to perform and to hold a workshop for pupils. Following their performance, the actors sat cosily with the children and asked for responses to their work. The audience was quiet. "How could we have improved our show?" asked one of the actors, encouragingly. "Put words in it," replied one boy.


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