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Youngsters in Denby learn about Stranger Danger with help from local officers and Paddington Bear

Posted on 18th June 2015

Youngsters at a primary school in Denby have been learning more about how to stay safe when they are out and about with help from local a Safer Neighbourhood officer and beloved children’s character, Paddington Bear.

PC Neil Hopwell from the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Team visited pupils at Street Lane Primary School on Wednesday, June 10 to talk to them about Stranger Danger and what to do if they get lost when they are out.

One of the school’s current educational topics is ‘where are you?’ and pupils have been learning about Paddington Bear and what he gets up to on his adventures. The children decided it was not a good idea for Paddington to talk to strangers because it was dangerous, but they were not too sure what to do, so they asked PC Hopwell for his help.

He gave a presentation and set up some workstations for pupils including colouring in and other creative activities for them to learn about Stranger Danger.

PC Hopwell said: “The children were very intrigued and eager to learn about different ways to keep themselves safe when they are out. They showed enthusiasm towards the session and it shows how much they are enjoying their current topic with Paddington Bear.

“After all of the classroom work, the children held a ‘Paddington’ picnic in the park opposite the school, which they invited me to as guest of honour. They had a great time enjoying the play equipment, before settling down to have marmalade sandwiches.”

Class teacher, Amy Bestwick said: “After the session with PC Hopwell, the children have designed lost posters, wrote lost stories, role-played lost scenarios and we are now planning to do an assembly for all the other children, parents and carers.

“At Street Lane, all the staff aim to prepare children for life in modern Britain and this is just a step towards doing this. Other things we have done include e-safety days with parents, sun cream awareness lessons with children, anti-bullying weeks and much more. In the future we are hoping to other workshops such as road safety weeks and career weeks.”  

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