This week, Year 4 pupils at Goresbrook Primary School put on their creative thinking caps and strengthened their writing skills by creating Christmas cards for residents at local care home, Cherry Orchard.
The whole school community joined together to support the card making effort. Parents and teachers donated old Christmas and birthday cards, which were then re-used by pupils to create new colourful cards, showing everything from Winter wonderlands to nativity scenes. The cards are set to be delivered to Cherry Orchard over the coming days.
This follows on from last year when pupils at the school brought smiles to the faces of the residents by writing them letters. Pupils were thoughtfully paired up with residents who enjoy discussing similar topics and hobbies and received heartfelt, handwritten responses.
In the lead up to Christmas, pupils and staff have also been raising money for Save the Children UK by holding a Christmas Jumper Day. In addition, pupils across the school have been busy rehearsing for their Nativity plays and getting into the festive spirit by taking part in exciting games and activities during class-based Christmas Fayres.
Alan, a Year 4 pupil at Goresbrook Primary School said:
“I really like how we cut out old cards to create new designs. I really hope the residents enjoy the cards as much as we enjoyed making them.”
Luisa, another Year 4 pupil added:
“It is better for the environment for us to use old cards to create new ones. I enjoyed writing my letter to Anna at Cherry Orchard because we both enjoy singing.”
Kathryn Weatherby, a teacher at Goresbrook Primary School, said:
“It’s been wonderful to see pupils so excited to interact with our friends at Cherry Orchard again this year. Creating Christmas cards has certainly been getting pupils in a festive mood ahead of our classroom Christmas Fayres and nativity rehearsals. Not only is this exercise a wonderful opportunity to get creative, but it also gives pupils the chance to strengthen their writing skills.”
Courtney Thompson, Headteacher at Goresbrook Primary School, said:
“The children have loved getting to know residents at Cherry Orchard through making their personal, handmade cards and letters over the last two years. Encouraging pupils to engage with the local community like this after such a challenging period is all part of our continued commitment to providing pupils with an Education with Character. This means encouraging our young people to be kind, attentive and thoughtful members of our school and wider community both now and in the future.”