PUPILS from Manor Court Community Primary School visited a care home to share their work, read to and talk to the residents.

On Thursday, February 28, the year four pupils went to Oak Lodge residential home.

Dennis Tahalele, Oak Lodge’s business manager, said: “It has been a wonderful experience for both residents and children, the natural interaction between them is touching and once more underlines the benefits intergenerational interaction has.

“It was particularly rewarding to see how one of the boys felt so at ease with the residents and happily played a few games of ‘four in a row’ with one of the male residents.”

Two teachers at the school said the visit was a fantastic experience for the pupils and the residents of the home.

Geri Terry, year four teacher at Manor Court Primary School, said: “It was such a wonderful experience for the children who were able to really make a difference to the resident’s days and vice versa for them. They loved being able to share games and learn some new ones too.”

Hayley Thompson, year four teacher at Manor Court Primary school said: “After visiting my grandmother in a residential care home in Taunton, I believed that it would be mutually beneficial for the children and residents alike to have this link, the children could bring such positivity and energy to those of the older generation and the children would benefit from learning from the older generation.

“A highlight of the morning for me, was witnessing one our Portuguese pupils talking to an elderly gentleman in their first language, both of their faces lit up.”

The school says it hopes this mutually beneficial link will continue after the initial six weeks period which was set out.