Classrooms to Care Homes: Bringing joy to the nation

Thousands of school pupils have been spreading Christmas cheer by linking up with care homes in a Tes campaign

Joshua Lowe

Classrooms to Care Homes: In a new campaign, Tes is encouraging school pupils to write letters and make videos to send to care home residents and staff this Christmas

We’re going to avoid the tired cliches explaining how hard this year has been: everyone knows, everyone has had personal struggles and made sacrifices. Instead, let’s enjoy one of the good things that has come out of this year.

Thousands of children across the country have (with the help of their ever-diligent teachers) been making cards, writing letters, putting together hampers, starring in videos and painting pictures for the nation's elderly this Christmas, as part of the Tes Classrooms to Care Homes campaign

We launched it in November, with the aim of bringing schools and care home residents together at a time when many elderly people are suffering from isolation and loneliness.

A huge thank you to the thousands of schools that have taken up the challenge and made Christmas that much brighter for so many care home residents.

We want to celebrate your efforts and show off some of your incredible creations.

Tes' Classrooms to Care Homes Christmas campaign

1. Rosmini Community School wrote to residents of Nazareth House Nursing Home.

2. Year 8s at King Edward VI Academy in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, also got writing.

3. Year 2s at St Anne's Church Academy in Somerset designed Christmas pictures.


The finished gifts and messages

1. Here is the fantastic work of Year 5 at Arden Primary School,in Birmingham.

2. Miss Mia shared the lovely artwork from her class.


3. Jemma is “full of love” for the compassion her class at South View School Dubai has shown.

4. Students of all ages at Hitchin Girls' School, in Hertfordshire, have been putting the work in.

5. Students at Coleridge Community College, in Cambridge, tried and succeeded in making the season a bit more joyous.

6. Claire’s "munchkins" have been hard at work this Christmas.

7. A lovely personal touch at this school.

8. We’re big fans of the Santasaurus at Auchmuty High School in Glenrothes.

9. In the place of their senior citizens' Christmas party, Landau Forte College Derby’s students have been sending cards.

10. Thank you for these wonderful poems, class 11 from William Law Primary in Peterborough.

11. Customised Christmas baubles? What a great idea, Darton Primary School, Barnsley.

12. King Edward VI Academy put 42 hampers together.

13. Putting hampers together with lots of treats was the aim at Hornsea School in East Yorkshire, too.

14. Alva Academy, in Clackmannanshire, decided to bring some musical joy to care homes. 

15. Birkenhead Park School opted for a Christmas video

16. It's all about the voices for these Year 7s from Putney High School in south-west London.

17. Zach from Haslingden High in Lancashire got a response to his letter from Elise.

18. Miss Murphy's Year 4 class from Layton Primary School, in Blackpool, got a lot of their questions answered.

19. Some classes from Hoe Valley School in Surrey even got to visit and drop off their creations in person.

20. If after seeing all this you’ve got a tear in your eye (I’m not crying, it’s just super dusty in the Tes office), you’re not alone.

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Joshua Lowe

Joshua Lowe

Joshua Lowe is a social media journalist at Tes. He tweets @josh_lowe

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