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Jenny and the Bear / Name the Teddy

Topic: Tobacco

Description: The "Jenny and the Bear" story book and Name the Teddy competition, are part of a co-ordinated programme which aims to increase awareness of the effects of secondhand smoke on children and what parents/carers can do to ensure their children are not exposed to its harmful effects.

The programme consists of a story being read to pupils by their class teacher, followed by a classroom activity to agree a name for the bear in the story.  The teddy bear names are then entered into a competition and the winners will be awarded a teddy mascot for their class (1 class from each local authority area in GG&C).  Letters are sent out to all primary schools in GG&C at the start of the school year with information on how to register for the programme.

The story of the little girl and her teddy offers the opportunity to explore the themes of secondhand smoke, a favourite toy, rewarding positive behaviours and consideration for others. In addition, all children who take part in the programme will be given a booklet version of the story to take home. It is hoped that this will support parents/carers reading to their children and raising awareness of the issues of secondhand smoke within the wider family.

Type: Lesson Plan, Online Resource, Film, Book

Target group: Early

IT/practical requirements: A video version of this story is available as a YouTube link for live streaming

Implications for staff: None

Cost attached: No

Resource link: NHSGGC: Jenny and the Bear / Name the Teddy

QA Tool: Jenny and the Bear QA Tool


Last Updated: 15 September 2020