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Lyng Primary School

Learning & Growing Together

The Big Sleuth

Children have been working very hard to complete our Lyng Primary School bear sculpture which will be part of this year’s Big Sleuth trail across Sandwell and Birmingham.

It’s been a really wonderful project so far and the children have been very enthusiastic to help out and take part in designing and painting the sculpture.

Our bear is called ‘Patch’ and made up of a painted patchwork of children’s artwork from Nursery right up to Year 6. Each year group thought of an idea or theme for our bear and we had so many wonderful designs (Super hero bears, West Bromwich Albion Bears, Endangered Ernie and Leafy Leon, to name a few ) that we wanted to included them all on our big bear cub so we came up with our idea for Patch. Each patch represents each year groups individual bear theme and idea, and his fur is made of children’s fingerprints and represents working together and collaborating.

This week our bear will be collected and placed on the trail somewhere in the local community along with over one hundred other bear sculptures from other schools, community groups and businesses. We would like to encourage everyone to get involved in the trail and visit our bear when he finds his new home.

As soon as we know where our bear will be, we will let everyone know and maps will be available for you to take part in the trail which will begin later in the month and last all through the summer. It’s completely free to take part and you can find out more about this exciting project at:

In the mean time you can see some of the children’s fantastic art work painted on small ceramic bears in the school entrance lobby, and watch this space for updates!


Big Sleuth Trip to Sandwell Valley Park 13/7/17

As the Big Sleuth Trail across the west midlands begins, 30 children from Lyng Primary School were lucky enough to be invited by Sandwell Council on a Big Sleuth adventure at Sandwell Valley Park. The day began with pond dipping in the lake and children found lots of creatures to explore, including leeches, water boatmen, water shrimps, newts and small fish. We even had a visit from some of the swans and geese! After a look around the farm and exploring the Big Sleuth bears from other schools and community groups that are located at Sandwell Valley park Visitor’s Centre, children enjoyed a picnic lunch with a special bear guest!

Children spent the next part of the day in the forest where they built dens and rope swings, cooked toast on the camp fire and used the saw with help from the Forest schools team at Sandwell Valley to cut wood to make paw print ‘tree cookies.’ It was a fantastic day in the outdoors which the children really enjoyed.

Have a look through the photos to see the day’s adventures.


Big Sleuth Update

Lyng Primary School’s bear ‘Patch’ is now located in the art Café in West Bromwich. In total, 137 bear cubs have been lovingly designed, created and nurtured by schools from all over the region for The Big Sleuth’s Learning Programme, and will be on display until 17 September 2017.You can spot clusters of them inside museums, shopping centres and libraries.

You can get involved in the fun over the Summer and follow the trail locally or across Birmingham to find as many bears as you can. The trail is free to take part in and all you need is a bear trail map! 

To find out more about the Big Sleuth project visit:

You can also track your trail by downloading the big Sleuth app where you can add photographs and view your trail progress (this costs £1.99) PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APP

We hope you have as much fun following the bear trail as the children have had in school being part of this wonderful project. If you do get involved, please bring your photographs into school in September to share and don’t forget to find Patch! Good luck!