Published: Wednesday 29th May 2019
Youngsters from year six at Wolsey House Primary School, have been reading classics from the likes of Roald Dahl to Harry Potter to the men and women living at Beaumont Hall on Beaumont Leys Lane.
The weekly gatherings at the residential care home, which form part of the pupils’ English curriculum, are used to promote wider discussion in the group about the stories, their characters and plot lines.
Catherine Goddard, Ideal Carehomes’ regional lifestyle manager, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Wolsey House pupils to Beaumont Hall and we hope that these sessions not only build the children’s confidence but help bring about greater interaction between the generations.
“Watching young children reading vivid and colourful stories to our residents is very special to watch – they all get so much out of this simple, yet very rewarding activity. The pupils are a real credit to the school. They take so much interest in the lives of the people who live with us and are fun, polite and caring. Everyone at Beaumont Hall looks forward to the book club sessions – they’ve become a firm weekly favourite!”
Mrs King, Headteacher said:“Our link with Beaumont Hall is very important to me. It is always a pleasure to see the children interact with the residents. The reading sessions are one of the activities which take place, and have provided the opportunity for the children to practise their reading skills, e.g. reading aloud and interpreting the text. Through this intergenerational activity it is wonderful to see the two groups become so immersed in the wonderful world of fiction.”
“We’re delighted to be able to bring the children here every week as part of their wider education – it’s important that they can experience life in different environments and the people living at Beaumont Hall are rich with knowledge and anecdotes about the local area. It’s a win-win scenario for us all.”
Beaumont Hall, which is rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is operated by Ideal Carehomes and offers 24-hour residential and dementia care for 60 residents. The modern and luxurious home boasts ensuite bedrooms, a hair salon, spacious lounges and landscaped gardens.To contact Beaumont Hall, please call 0116 232 3291 or email email@example.com