Release Date: 05-Dec-2011
It was an unusual afternoon at Sycamore Grange retirement living home last Friday, when children from the Year 2 Willow class at Beech School paid residents a visit.
Mick Brewster from Sycamore Grange talking to some of the children from Beech School
Both young and old took part in an activity called “philosophy for children,” which involved them listening to the Oscar Wild classic The Selfish Giant before splitting into groups to reflect on the story.
The intergenerational project between Sycamore and Beech school is now in its second year. It is a valuable project for both age groups who don’t often get the chance to mix together. The project goes from strength to strength and has encouraged other schools to form links with local retirement living homes.
Charles Ramsden from Sycamore Grange, explained why he enjoys working with the children: “I love the imagination the children have and their energy – it makes me feel alive.”
Mrs Marchington, the class teacher, said: “I cannot speak highly enough about the benefits of the different age groups working together as a way of forming linking in the community around key educational topics.”
The next session will take place on 9 December, when the group will be making Christmas decorations and enjoying some Christmas carols.