Year 1 and 2 pupils visited the Priors House Care Home in Old Milverton, Leamington Spa, to participate in a number of intergenerational activities as part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch event.
The children, who are aged between 5 and 7, teamed up with the elderly residents to build and paint bird feeders and decorate bird shaped biscuits.
The collaboration began with Victoria Beynon, Customer Relations Manager at Priors House and an alumna of The Kingsley School, who contacted the school with the idea of a community activity. Rachel Whiting, Head of Prep at The Kingsley School, said: “Research and recent exposure, especially with last year’s documentary on Channel 4 have shown the mutual positive benefits the interaction between the young and elderly members of our community can have on each other. Intergenerational care and activity is something that is very close to our ethos at Kingsley; we jumped at the possibility of a collaboration with Priors House and our boys and girls enjoyed a heart-warming and special afternoon with their residents and staff.”
The Kingsley School and Priors House are currently looking at further ways to work together in the future, with poetry sessions, film screenings and a resident visit to Kingsley’s Forest School and outdoor classroom under consideration.