Big Bear Banter

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Our Teddy Talk activities for nurseries have just grown up!

Big Bear Banter is a series of activities for pupils in P1 to P3  who are new to English. They include flashcard activities, story activities and using songs and rhymes. There are a host of different topics and links to further resources. Click on the link to download.

Big Bear Banter


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Flashcard InstructionsBooks and links to visualsGames, Songs and Rhymes
Colours Topic Cover Sheet
Colours Flashcards
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? by Eric Carle and BIll Martin
Elmer by David McKee
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Ten Green Bottles
Shape Topic Cover Sheet
Shapes Flashcards
2D Bingo
Colour and Shapes Bingo Cards
NumberTopic Cover Sheet
Numbers Flashcards
Ten in the Bed by Jane CabreraLadybird Bing 1 - 10
Ten Fat Sausages Song
Ten in the Bed Song
I caught a Fish Alive - song
Classroom Objects Topic Cover Sheet
Classroom Objects Flashcards
Classroom Bingo
Parts of the Body Topic Cover Sheet
Parts of the Body Flashcards
Little Red Riding HoodBody Parts Bingo
Family Topic Cover Sheet
Family Flashcards
Goldilocks and the Three BearsFamily BingoFamily Posters
Feelings Topic Cover Sheet
Feelings Flashcards
Feelings Fans and Word Mats
Feelings Bingo
Clothes Topic Cover Sheet
Clothes Flashcards
Mrs Mopple's Washing LineClothes Bingo
Clothes Snap
Weather Topic Cover Sheet
Weather Flashcards
Weather and Words
Incy Wincy Spider
Weather Bingo
Weather Season Word Mat
Food Topic Cover Sheet
Food Flashcards
Food BingoHealthy and Unhealthy Food Bingo
Fruit Topic Cover Sheet
Fruit Flashcards
Handa's Surprise
Oliver's Fruit Salad
Fruit Bingo
Fruit Word Mat
Vegetables Topic Cover Sheet
Vegetables Flashcards
Oliver's VegetablesVegetable Bingo
Vegetable Word Mat
Fruit and Vegetable Bingo
Transport Topic Cover Sheet
Transport Flashcards
Transport Bingo
Transport Word Mat
Transport Sorting Cards
The Wheels on the Bus
Verbs Topic Cover Sheet
Verbs Flashcards
Verbs Bingo
Farm Animals Topic Cover Sheet
Farm Animals Flashcards
A Very Busy SpiderFarmyard Dominoes
Farm Animals Bingo
Pets Topic Cover Sheet
Pets Flashcards
Pets and where they live sorting cards
Pets Bingo
Animals Topic Cover Sheet
Animals Flashcards
Handa's SurpriseAnimals Bingo
Minibeasts Topic Cover Sheet
Minibeasts Flashcards
The Very Hungry CaterpillarMinibeast Bingo
Prepositions Topic Cover Sheet
Prepositions Flashcards
We're all going on a Bear HuntPreposition Bingo
Preposition Word Mat
Where is the mouse visuals
Days of the Week Topic Cover Sheet
Days of the Week Flashcards
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game
Monday's Child Is ... Solomon Grundy
Hobbies Topic Cover Sheet
Hobbies Flashcards
Hobbies Bingo
Months Topic Cover Sheet
Months Flashcards
Months and visuals
Units Time Posters
Places Topic Cover Sheet
Places Flashcards
Places Bingo
Sport Topic Cover Sheet
Sport Flashcards
Sports Bingo
Time Topic Cover Sheet
Time Flashcards
O'Clock Flashcards
O'Clock Time Fans
O'Clock and Half Past Bingo
What's the Time Mr Wolf
Easter Topic Cover Sheet
Easter Flashcards
Easter Vocabulary
Easter Reader
Hot Cross Buns
Easter Bingo
Halloween Topic Cover Sheet
Halloween Flashcards
Halloween Bingo
Halloween Topic Words
Winter Topic Cover Sheet
Winter Flashcards
Winter Words Cards
Four Seasons Topic Cover Sheet
Four Seasons Flashcards
Four Seasons Sorting Cards
Dress the children for the season
Mary Mary Quite Contrary
Chinese New Year Topic Cover Sheet
Chinese New Year Flashcards
Chinese New Year Photo Set
Gruffalo Topic Cover Sheet
The Gruffalo Flashcards
T-S-004-The Gruffalo-Matching-Cards-and-Board (2)
Gruffalo Words Cards
Gruffalo Scenery Pictures
Diversity Topic Cover Sheet
Diversity Flashcards
Tusk Tusk Story pictures
Recycling Topic Cover Sheet
Waste Awareness Resource Pack
Recycling Sorting Flashcards
Micheal Recycle Teaching IdeasRecycling Games
Recycling Song
Homes Topic Cover Sheet
Inside and outside homes flashcards
Homes Flashcards
Goldilocks and the Three BearsHomes Bingo
Rooms and furniture Bingo
Senses Topic Cover Sheet
Senses Flashcards
Five senses flashcards
Senses Online StorySenses bingo
Jobs Topic Cover Sheet
Jobs flashcards - choose a selection
Jobs and tools matching game
Jobs and places of work matching game

As always if you find additional resources or make up your own topics then please share them with us and we can publish them on the EAL Highland Blog.

4 ideas about “Big Bear Banter”

  1. These are great resources – thank you so much for sharing them with us. One comment I would make is that there’s a huge emphasis on learning labels for things, and perhaps a missed opportunity to introduce relevant adjectives, verbs etc within each topic. E.g. the “pets” topic could include things like stroke, feed, cuddle, soft, naughty, fierce, noisy, and perhaps other related nouns like cage, lead, collar etc. A greater breadth of vocabulary could lead to more meaningful conversations.

    1. Thanks for the feedback Jo,
      We keep the vocabulary simple as pupils who are using Big Bear Banter to develop their language skills are at the very beginning of the journey. Some of vocabulary you suggest we feel is quite complex for learners at this stage but obviously very valuable for pupils who are developing their language further and putting their learnt words into full sentences by using more of these complex terms. Maybe we could think of Big Bear Banter Step 2 to include and develop some of this vocabulary further. The short sentences suggested in Big Bear Banter format are important to enable pupils to learn how to put sentences together and have an opportunity to practice them. Hope this helps and thanks again,
      Highland EAL Team

  2. Every time I use any of these amazing resources I get positive results. I have used them with children who have no English at all and also with children who have quite a lot of English. The teddy bear helps to totally relax the children and literally takes any pressure off their efforts to communicate. Without sounding patronising it does not matter if you are a good singer or not the children love that you are trying to communicate and have fun with them. I have used teddy talk resources with a small group of 3-4 year olds then used the same resources with p2 children and had two completely different sessions but both helped the children who became vocal and animated. Small groups worked best for me and in a room within nursery (Quiet area) and I have also sat a group of 4-5 older children round a table. I cannot choose a particular title as my favourite but traditional tales seem to be well received by most children for example 3 little pigs. This caused lots of laughter and pig noises/huff and puff and was followed up by the children re-enacting the story after hearing it twice in one week 🙂 Thank you for these resources they are fantastic and I use them a lot in nursery where teddy talk is part of our weekly plans 🙂 Keep up the great work.

    1. Always supportive Lorna, thank you, the work you do to promote support for EAL pupils in the school is second to none and you should be proud of what you achieve. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to this!

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