Release Date: 24-Jun-2011
Residents from Belmont Grange retirement living scheme in Liversedge, have teamed up with children from nearby Norristhorpe Junior & Infant School in a new project that involves different generations learning together.
Children from Year 6 at the school team up with elderly residents every month to explore different ideas about what citizenship means in their local community. This week, which was the second such meeting, the children and residents talked about issues prompted by articles they had read in their local Spenborough Guardian newspaper.
Belmont Grange resident Jim Walker talks to Year 6 pupils about how life was different when he was young
The project is organized by KNH, which first approached the school with the idea of establishing stronger links with its retirement grange. A key aim of the project is to improve older residents’ quality of life by enabling them to take a more active role in their communities. The project also helps Kirklees Council achieve its goal of supporting older people to be healthy, active and involved in their communities
Mr Ormondroyd, the class teacher, says of the project: “it is a positive experience for the children as it is so easy for the school to become isolated. We wanted our school to be the heart of the local community as it is important for establishing links and respect.”
May Hawkins a resident from Belmont Grange: “I was nervous about the children’s visit as I didn’t think we would have anything in common, but we got on really well. The school have now asked us to come and watch a play the children are doing and I am really excited to go.”
Year 6 pupil Chloe-Lou loves coming to the grange, saying: “I think that young children can learn a lot from older people as they are caring, helpful and wise. I’d love to come and visit in the holidays.”