This DVD is from a series of innovative resource packs using archive footage accompanied by a wealth of relevant information, illustrated notes and a manual filled with ideas and resources for activities relating to the theme. Winner of the Outstanding Dementia Care Product at the 2013 National Dementia Care Awards.
Each DVD features 6 films of 4 minutes, having key points where the film is intended to be paused and then used with the accompanying manual to facilitate a reminiscence activity. The theme of this resource is "schooldays", the contents include:
- Lessons and Lunch (1947): These pupils have a busy day at senior school, studying science, geography, French and maths. At midday, they pack into the dining hall and say grace before tucking into a filling two course lunch. The afternoon is full of practical classes, with needlework for the girls and metalwork or woodwork for the boys, and at four o’clock the children all head home.
- Boys Will Be Boys (1900): A group of boisterous young lads play leapfrog in the playground, encouraged by others who lean over the wall. The boys then all line up to play a much rougher version. This time, they see how many of them can pile on top of one another before they all come tumbling to the ground – and they couldn’t care less about their school uniforms!
- Free to Grow Up (1956): The film shows the younger boys and girls in the school hall, keeping rhythm with the piano music, and then older pupils out in the fresh air, keeping fit by playing games.
- Nursery Time (1958): These nursery school children take part in lots of fun activities, both inside the classroom and out in the fresh air. They paint, clean all their materials, and have fun doing puzzles. At playtime, there are plenty of games to be enjoyed, as well as their daily bottle of milk.
- Seesaws and Sore Knees (1960): The very young children have fun with plasticine, while the older boys and girls learn to weigh things. At playtime, with the little ones enjoying the seesaw and rocking horse, the older children clamber on the climbing frame, haul themselves up rope ladders and twirl hula hoops. One little girl cuts her knee and hobbles off to the nurse, who bandages it up.
- Music and Movement (1934): The film shows boys and girls of around eight years old dancing in the playground to a record player that has been set up on a stool. Later the older girls, very light on their feet, demonstrate their dancing skills in the school grounds.
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