Barnaby Bear first appeared in a unit of work entitled ‘Where in the world is Barnaby Bear?’ in 'Geography: A scheme of work for key stages 1 and 2', published by QCA/DfES. This was written to help teachers prepare interesting materials in response to the geography national curriculum objective: 'develop children's knowledge of places and environments throughout the world'.
Young children love Barnaby, and his appearance in unfamiliar places and environments helps children to relate to them. Seeing their own Barnaby in the classroom, and then seeing pictures of his adventures in faraway places helps children bridge the gap between the immediate, familiar environment and abstract, unfamiliar environments.
Barnaby also enables practical first-hand experience - the best way to cover the early years requirement to encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, prediction, thinking and discussion.
Barnaby Bear Resources
The Barnaby Bear collection of resources offers an innovative approach to exploring the wider world with young children. Written by teachers, the materials use Barnaby as a starting point for introducing a global dimension to the primary classroom. Building on the QCA scheme of work 'Where in the world is Barnaby Bear?' the resources stimulate exciting geography at Key Stage 1, at the same time providing rich contexts through which young children may develop language skills.
A wide variety of Barnaby Bear products are available including:
- A soft glove puppet and a taller jointed bear for which a selection of outfits are available
- 'Big books' for classroom use and linked 'little books' to take the stories further
- DVDs of the popular BBC Barnaby Bear series
- CD-Roms featuring electronic activities, video clips and printable worksheets
- Miscellaneous items including games, maps, posters, travel kits, passports and a stamps
Official Barnaby Bear Website
The official Barnaby Bear website contains a variety of information, games and resources including a letters page, case studies demonstrating how several teachers have used Barnaby in their classrooms, three interactive games, a photo gallery of Barnaby on his travels and a look behind the scenes at a BBC film shoot.
Barnaby Bear Official Facebook Group
The official Barnaby Bear group on Facebook now has more than 900 members, all discussing classroom ideas, their travels with Barnaby and sharing photographs.
If you're a Facebook user, join the Barnaby Bear group today and keep in touch with other primary teachers and Barnaby fans.
DfES Schemes of Work
Information and activities to support QCA Unit 5: Where in the World is Barnaby Bear?
BBC Barnaby Bear
This site complements the BBC Barnaby Bear television programmes and contains animated stories, interactive games, photos, links and information for teachers and parents.
Where in the World is Barnaby Bear?
This fun website is a work in progress but is worth a visit for the interactive maps and great photos of Barnaby in different locations.
Durham Schools Curriculum Intranet
Lots of photographs of Barnaby’s travels.
Copyright and Licensing Information
Barnaby Bear® is a registered trademark of the Geographical Association. His name and character may not be used without the prior permission and approval of the Geographical Association. If you wish to use the name or character of Barnaby Bear, please contact Ruth Totterdell at the Geographical Association giving full details of your proposed use.
The logostyle, typefont, characterisation and photographic representation to be used are shown in the Barnaby Bear style guide.
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