We're Going on a Bear Hunt

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 hunt again!”

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 class.

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.

SIS Berlin Bear Hunt