On Friday, December 1 our Year 6 children visited the Home of Compassion, a local care home in Thames Ditton, to learn about World War II from the residents who lived through it.
The visit was part of their history topic. The children had prepared a list of questions to ask the residents about their experiences in the war, such as what it was like to be an evacuee, how they coped with rationing, and how they supported their families and friends. They also listened to the stories of the heroes who fought for our freedom and sacrificed their lives. Year 6 were amazed by the resilience, courage, and wisdom of the residents, who shared their memories with honesty and humour.
The visit was also an opportunity to spread some festive cheer to the residents, who were delighted to receive some beautiful Christmas cards made by our Year 1 children. The cards featured colourful drawings and well written messages of gratitude and appreciation. The pupils and the residents enjoyed chatting together, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Mrs White, Year 6 teacher, who accompanied the pupils on the visit, said: “This was a very valuable and meaningful experience for our children, who learned a lot from the residents and their stories. They also showed great respect and compassion for the residents, who were very kind and generous with their time and knowledge. We are grateful to the Home of Compassion for hosting us and for their wonderful hospitality. We hope to visit them again soon and continue this intergenerational friendship.”