Pupils teach older people how to use Nintendo Wii during regular visits to Northampton care home

Residents of Collingtree Park Care Home with pupils at Queen Eleanor Primary School
Residents of Collingtree Park Care Home with pupils at Queen Eleanor Primary School

Pupils from a primary school in Northampton have been spending time with residents of a care home for older people in an innovative project aimed at building more understanding between different generations.

Sue Tarr, a teaching assistant at Queen Eleanor Primary School, takes children every Friday to spend time with people living in Collingtree Park Care home, many of whom suffer from dementia.

The youngsters, in year six, take part in a different activity with the residents every week, including tenpin bowling on the Wii, playing Scrabble and making Easter cards.

Mrs Tarr said: “It is part of the pupils citizenship qualification and it helps make them more interested in elderly people in their community.

“The older generations can teach the youngsters how to play board games like scrabble and the pupils can teach the older people how to use the Wii.

“It has proved to be really popular. We have a queue of children asking every week if it is their turn.”

Queen Eleanor pupil Maxim Palamaro said he had a lot of fun spending time with older people.

He said: “I am always very excited to be here. We play games together and have lots of fun.”

Collingtree Park resident Maurice Sutton, aged 84, said: “I enjoy the visits very much. They are brilliantly organised and everybody always enjoys themselves.”