Oomph! work in partnership with Canford Healthcare, a leading UK provider of care homes, to take residents out and about on trips to local destinations. A recent trip took residents back to the 50s for a themed visit to a local school…
Pupils from Year 5 at St Johns C of E Primary School in Maidstone have dedicated a whole term to discover what life was like in the 1950s. They have immersed themselves in the era throughout the past few weeks, learning about the coronation of the Queen, popular TV shows, famous musicians and the fashion of the time.
It all came together this week for their special 1950s day, where every pupil and teacher dressed to impress in their 50s style outfits. Barty House residents were invited along, to tell the children some real-life stories of the era. Residents Barbara, Daphne and 97-year-old Eide had a wealth of different stories of the time and took joy in answering the children’s questions. Eide was asked “what did you have for dinner”, she answered “Bread and Jam, we didn’t have much, but you can’t complain!”
Once all the questions were answered the residents were invited in to the hall, to watch a special rehearsal of the pupils Jive dance. For the past few weeks the children have been practising the steps, leading up to their final performance for their parents this week.
We then headed into the classroom where all the children were busy creating invitations, bookmarks and paper flowers all inspired by the Queen’s coronation. The residents were then presented with a bunch of paper flowers to take home, a wonderful token to remember the day by.
Connecting with the community is an important part of the wellbeing programme at Barty House and having such wonderful relationships with the local schools brings many opportunities for the residents. St Johns school are already planned to join the home in the next week to get residents and staff in the festive mood with some carol singing.