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.
We have such a special friendship with Nazareth House Nursing Home. Our Ember Team invited 1st year students to write letters to the residents there to let them know that they are thinking of them. We look forward to seeing them soon #classroomstocarehomes @accsirl pic.twitter.com/AwzzJTS2Z5— Rosmini Community School (@RosminiSchool) November 12, 2020
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.
Year 2 enjoyed designing their Christmas pictures to send to care home residents today. I am sure they will bring a bit of Christmas cheer. @StAnnes_EHS @BManningStAnnes @LBrawnStAnnes #classroomstocarehomes pic.twitter.com/QKgHPPbznF— Becky Poole (@BPooleStAnnes) December 3, 2020
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.
This was a beautiful piece of artwork to celebrate our hardworking carers at St George’s Home. It’s been a particularly isolating time for both them and their residents- especially in covid times.— Mia (@MissBTeaches_) December 15, 2020
Our children put so much love into this 💕 #classroomstocarehomes @tes pic.twitter.com/vyP4VXz4V1
3. Jemma is “full of love” for the compassion her class at South View School Dubai has shown.
It’s done and I am so full of love for the compassion my class have shown towards this project 🥰✨ one package ready to go over to my Auntie Dottie and her resident friends for some festive love and cheer 💚🇬🇧✈️ #classroomstocarehomes @tes @SouthViewSchool @mrhollidayteach pic.twitter.com/YPOdVmvzBj— Jemma (@EarlyYearsJem) November 26, 2020
4. Students of all ages at Hitchin Girls' School, in Hertfordshire, have been putting the work in.
Students in Bronte House from years 7-11 have been writing letters and making Christmas decs for the residents of a local old people’s home. 'I am so impressed with the effort that has gone into these. Thank you Bronte' - Mrs Lowe. @TES #classroomstocarehomes #community @WCSQM pic.twitter.com/QLqhBdcQ1z— Hitchin Girls School (@HitchinGirls) November 27, 2020
5. Students at Coleridge Community College, in Cambridge, tried and succeeded in making the season a bit more joyous.
We have been participating in the @tes #classroomstocarehomes campaign. Our students have written letters to the residents of 5 Care Homes in our community to try and make Christmas a little more joyful. pic.twitter.com/PN1rX46RKm— Coleridge Community College (@Coleridge_Edu) November 30, 2020
6. Claire’s "munchkins" have been hard at work this Christmas.
Soo proud of my little year 7 munchkins. Top effort writing to local care home residents. @TLS_dot_Club can you spot any of the washi tape from the last box?! #LetterToYou #washitape #christmasjoy pic.twitter.com/xvTXXPWuvM— Claire Sadler (@clairey_s) December 2, 2020
7. A lovely personal touch at this school.
8. We’re big fans of the Santasaurus at Auchmuty High School in Glenrothes.
S1 and S2 pupils have been creating Christmas cards to spread some Christmas cheer to residents in care homes 🎄 Here are just some of their amazing cards! 🎁 pic.twitter.com/LYm1hpXI6X— Miss Moffat (@MissHMoffat) November 27, 2020
9. In the place of their senior citizens' Christmas party, Landau Forte College Derby’s students have been sending cards.
We can’t hold our usual senior citizens’ Christmas Party this year but we have been supporting the #classroomstocarehomes project. Our Year 7 students have created some beautiful Christmas cards for the residents of our local care home. #Landaucommunity #SeasonsGreetings2021 🎄 pic.twitter.com/T9kmzOC7bG— LFC Derby (@LFCDerby) December 2, 2020
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.
This super group have been busy creating festive baubles to share with local care homes #compassion #itsbeginningtolookalotlikechristmas #classroomstocarehomes #TeamDarton ❤️ pic.twitter.com/MN8aFM4GMb— Darton Primary Sch (@DartonPrimary) December 3, 2020
12. King Edward VI Academy put 42 hampers together.
Our year 8 captains have been busy putting 42 Christmas hampers together for the residents of our local care home in our Classroom to Carehome project 😀 proud teacher! 🎉👏 #classroomstocarehomes @KEVIAcademy @DRETnews @tes pic.twitter.com/apwTDvjXdi— KEVI Performing Arts (@KEVI_drama) December 9, 2020
13. Putting hampers together with lots of treats was the aim at Hornsea School in East Yorkshire, too.
From the start of this pandemic we have continued to try and support our local community. Our latest project has seen us produce 10 Hampers that have been donated to local care homes to thank the care home workers for everything they have done. https://t.co/NTgwSY7jdD pic.twitter.com/ukD2dJFrdD— Hornsea School (@hornseaschool) December 10, 2020
14. Alva Academy, in Clackmannanshire, decided to bring some musical joy to care homes.
Alva Academy Christmas concert day 2 link here https://t.co/8JSDufQDtB we have had fantastic feedback from our local care home residents, their families and staff for day 1. Thank you for listening. We are so proud of our talented pupils #classroomstocarehomes @TesScotland— Alva Academy (@AlvaAcademy) December 8, 2020
15. Birkenhead Park School opted for a Christmas video
You better watch out! Our students have been busy making a Christmas video for our local care home, as part of our Christmas Kindness Challenge. Here's a sneak preview! #classroomstocarehomes pic.twitter.com/a1hvE40ois— BirkenheadParkSchool (@BPSWirral) December 9, 2020
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.
Our #classroomstocarehomes Christmas project was complete yesterday with a visit to @whiteleyvillage to deliver our amazing student created hampers and beautiful Christmas letters. Part of our HVS Christmas of Giving this week. @heymrshallahan @tes pic.twitter.com/il521PUnHB— HoeValleySchool (@HoeValleySchool) December 8, 2020
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.
Wow! Quite emotional after reading the letters and cards that our Year 7s have written for local care home residents as part of the @tes #classroomstocarehomes initiative @heymrshallahan. This photo is just a small portion of what has been created. pic.twitter.com/6JgRdow5E5— David Gower (@david_gower83) December 11, 2020