Chard pupils bridge the generation gap

PUBLISHED: 15:01 09 November 2018

Chard pupils at Sunnymeade Care Home. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Chard pupils at Sunnymeade Care Home. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Youngsters pay regular visits to Sunnymeade Care Home as part of an initiative to reach out to the older generation

A Chard School pupil  works with one of the residents at Sunnymeade Care Home. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDA Chard School pupil works with one of the residents at Sunnymeade Care Home. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Reception class pupils at Chard School are making regular visits to Sunnymeade Care Home as part of an initiative to reach out to the older generation and to share learning experiences.

Reception Teacher Louise Dymond said: “It has been proven that developing connections between older people and very young children can benefit both the older people and the children.

“On our visits, the children benefit from the praise and feedback they receive from the care home residents, and the residents, who could be lonely and socially isolated, enjoy the interaction with the children.

“The children also learn about the differences between generations and about the world.”

On their latest visit they did craftwork with residents, creating colourful crowns.

Headteacher Katie Hill said: “The visits help the children to develop important and sensitive communication skills, whilst bringing genuine joy to the residents in the home.”

The children plan another visit to the home during November.

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