The Hornsby community ended the Autumn Term with an exciting Christmas surprise. A life-size animatronic polar bear called Bjorn padded into the playground, much to the amazement and delight of the children. He was fluffy, playful and friendly, with the odd hint of ferocity, and moved around greeting his enthusiastic audience. Bjorn stayed at school long enough to have fun with Reception and Year 6. He was gentle and kind with the younger children and a little more excitable with the older ones but they were all equally fascinated by him.

Bjorn was the perfect Christmas visitor, as the children have been taking part in a school-wide project on endangered animals, with older pupils researching, writing and illustrating an essay on an animal of their choice from the World Wildlife Fund’s endangered list and polar bears are currently a vulnerable species.


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