The Intergenerational project began in July 2017. Pupils of the Values team and School Council were initially asked to take part. There were 2 sessions at school, one with just the pupils, and then another with 4 residents from the Arthur Jenkins Care Home.
Sharon Ford, Education Officer at Big Pit joined us with some artefacts from the pit, and the children engaged in discussion with the residents regarding what the objects were called and what they might have been used for- such as wooden pegs and a block of washing soap.
8 pupils from Key Stage 2 were then selected to represent the children as the Intergenerational group, ‘Caring and Sharing’. This name was voted as the favourite by both pupils and residents, from a selection of several names that were put forward.
Next the pupils were invited to Big Pit for a session which was called “Kids in Museums Takeover Day.”
This was a fabulous day where the children planned activities in the morning then the residents joined them in the afternoon. These were Christmas activities to help the residents recall memories.
Children were interviewed by BBC Wales News, and their thoughts and experiences along with the residents was aired on the news programme.
The pupils have met Suzy Davies, Welsh Assembly Member for South Wales West. Suzy chatted to the children about the project and why they enjoyed visiting the residents so much.
Pupils were invited to celebrate one of their beloved resident’s 100th Birthday celebrations where they taught her how to “floss!”
We have invited residents down to our leaver’s assembly where they said good luck to the pupils they are very fond of and saw them move on to the next chapter in their school lives. Residents have also been invited to some Christmas concerts too.