Our two grade 1 classes have recently been enjoying their
class text “We’re Going On a Bear Hunt”. It is a beautiful
story written by Michael Rosen with lovely water colour
pictures by Helen Oxenbury.
In the story, the family,
consisting of five children and their dog, decide to go out
to hunt a bear. They travel through grass, a river, mud, a
forest and a snowstorm before coming face to face with a
bear in its cave. This meeting causes panic and the family
run home, across all the obstacles, followed by the bear.
Finally, the children lock the bear out of the house, and all
hide under the duvet saying “We're not going on a bear
The students in grade 1 have been using the onomatopoeic
descriptions in the book. “We’re going on a bear hunt.
We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day!
We’re not scared” followed by “We can't go over it. We can't go under it. Oh no! We’ve got to go through it!”
The children have enjoyed singing the story and
acting it out with drama moves. We’ve shared the book in
groups and with reading partners and we even made our
own character puppets and scenery to act the story out in
We also drew our favourite settings and characters in the
story and compared the visual adaptation with the book.
The grade 1 students then decided that we were going to adapt the
original story and devise our own version of a bear hunt in
school. We talked about the places we could include, such
as the library and the office. We even went on a bear hunt
to the toilet! In each place we thought up new vocabulary
to describe the sights and sounds, and put it all together to
create our own new story.
Finally we each wrote a section of the story in our very best
handwriting and drew an accompanying picture. We put all
of this together in our own original “We’re Going on a Bear
Hunt at SIS” book.
Grade 1 did some really impressive work and really enjoyed
reading the story.