School children joined elderly residents at the Sherwood Grange care home in Kingston Vale recently for a bird-themed day of activities.

This year the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)'s Big Garden Birdwatch sparked a range of themed activities for residents and their young guests alike.

"As part of the celebrations, residents were joined by Robin Hood Primary School for a morning of bird-themed activities, including a bird quiz.

"Residents also created ceramic flying ducks.

"These were painted, then fired in a kiln to set and will be displayed on the wall in reception – complete with vintage wallpaper, to add to the retro atmosphere," a spokesperson for the care home said.

Rick Mayne, home manager at Sherwood Grange, described how beneficial such stimulating activities can be for the residents at the home:

"Residents love taking part in nature-themed activities here at Sherwood Grange, and we had a lot of fun celebrating this year’s bird-themed event.

"Connecting with nature in usual ways, such as creating these ceramic ducks, can be extremely beneficial for older people, as it promotes positive social interaction, improves wellbeing and provides an opportunity for sensory stimulation.

"I’d like to say thank you to Robin Hood Primary School for joining us and making the day so special.

"The residents had great fun testing each other’s knowledge and the pupils in the bird quiz – we look forward to welcoming them back soon!" He said.