Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Telford enjoyed page-turning fun when local primary school children joined them for a special teddy bears picnic.
The team and residents at Lake View Residential Care Home on Brookside Avenue welcomed youngsters aged six and seven from Holmer Lake Primary School to celebrate National Storytelling Week.
A lovely audience eager to listen
The children who now visit the home regularly as part of a reading project, enjoyed biscuits and scrumptious cakes specially made by the home’s chef for the occasion.
Following the picnic, the children and residents shared their favourite stories, with some of the Year 2 students taking the opportunity to show off their own writing skills with stories they had written themselves.
Year 2 teacher, Helen Watson said: “Following our visits at Christmas, the children were all really eager to visit Lake View again – the residents also clearly enjoy their company too.
“Our visits are so beneficial to the children as they can practice their reading skills. It also gives a purpose to their writing whilst in class, as they know they will have a lovely audience eager to listen to their work when we visit the residents.”
The joy of storytelling
Activities leader at the home, Claire West said: “Our residents always love it when the children come to visit and we are so glad this is going to be a regular occurrence.
“Their faces light up and they listen to every word. It’s so wonderful to be able to bring them together and see the two generations interact.”
2018 marks the 18th year of National Storytelling Week, which was set up by the Society for Storytelling to promote traditional storytelling amongst all ages.