Dissemination of Good Practice
A whole school e-learning project
to raise pupils‟ awareness of how all
ages can work together and learn
from one another.
„Generations Together‟ aims to broaden children‟s awareness of how
people from different generations can work and learn together.
Many changes in society have led to generations frequently becoming
segregated from one another - especially younger and older
people. This separation can lead to unrealistic, negative stereotypes
of whole generations and a decrease in positive exchanges between
them. Yet these separated generations do have resources of value
to each other.
This intergenerational project is an attempt to bring the generations
together again, improving understanding between them and
increasing the support they provide to one another. It offers a
win/win situation for everyone involved.
Although, in the first instance, this is an ICT focused project, there
will be opportunities to extend into other areas, such as history,
maths, art and circle time.
What are we aiming to achieve
and by when?
Create a bank of pupil/teacher made resources for the various
aspects of the intergenerational project. These will be produced and
published by the school and available online and/or as paper copies.
Create a bank of worksheets and activities to be used during the
project and in future years. These will be saved in the Teacher
Information area on the school network.
Create an online environment for the „Generations Together‟ project.
This will be for the school and its associates, accessed via the
school‟s Intranet and website (www.comberps.newtownards.ni.sch.uk).
Raise parental and wider community awareness of the project by
issuing regular news bulletins. This will be done via the school‟s news
sheets and through contact with churches and businesses in the
Run ICT Skills courses, using pupils from Years 6 as
facilitators. The courses will target two community groups in
particular – Over 55‟s and Women Returning to Work. (N.B. This will
be a central feature of the Generations Together project.)
Link the project with the ongoing program of Positive Behaviour.
The above will be achieved by June 2006.
Baseline Reference Point
How well are we doing
at the moment?
The school has strong links with churches and
businesses in the Comber community. Support has been
given and received over many years.
There is school involvement with Senior Citizens e.g.
visits to local residential homes by members of the
choir, invitations to grandparents to talk to pupils about
their lives and childhood memories etc.
To date, the subject of Citizenship has not been
Although the school has an Internet Café as part of its
Dissemination of Good Practice project this year
(2004-2005), it has not previously offered adult ICT
All classes regularly participate in „Circle Time‟.
SPOT (Super Pupil On Trust) has been part of our
previous Dissemination of Good Practice projects.
How will we know if we
We will know we have succeeded when …
pupils and staff show enthusiasm for, and a positive attitude
to, the Generations Together project.
pupils make regular contributions to class output, both
online and paper based.
there is a bank of resources saved in the Teacher
Information area of the school network and available for
use in future years.
there is a dedicated area (The Generations Together Zone)
on the Intranet and website, consisting of website links,
games, information and resources, relevant to the
worksheets and activities relating to the project have been
uploaded to the Teacher Resource Exchange as
exemplars of good practice and feedback has been received
from the moderators.
We will know we have succeeded when …
there is community involvement in the various activities.
people register for the ICT courses and facilitators, who
have received in-house training, are confident, competent
there is a positive response from schools in the SEELB to
the project information and sample activities sent to them.
the project is sustainable.
Pastoral Care Coordinator
What are we going to do in order to
achieve our objectives and the
targets stated within our
Form a „Generations Together‟ Team consisting of ICT,
History and Pastoral Care Coordinators to plan, monitor and
evaluate the project.
Form a „Generations Together‟ Project Group, drawn from
Year 6, to act as facilitators for the ICT courses.
Create a bank of worksheets and activities for pupils.
Teachers will be given guidance re. topics, timescale etc. and
provided with planning frameworks. These worksheets (with
accompanying lesson plans) will be uploaded to the
„Generations Together‟ folder saved in the Teacher
Information area of the school network. The worksheets will
also be accessible to pupils via a dedicated project area on
the Intranet and Website and can be printed and completed
to reinforce work done in class.
Create a „Generations Together‟ Zone on the front page of the
school‟s Intranet and Website. This will include interactive
games to support the project, links to useful websites and
Regularly feature pupil‟s work in a „gallery‟ on the school
Intranet and Website as a means of celebrating success.
Take digital photographs of school events and activities linked
to the project. These will be viewed in the Photo Album on the
Intranet and Website by pupils, teachers, parents, friends of
the school and members of the community.
Train teachers and facilitators to use the new Interactive
Whiteboard in the ICT Suite and help them appreciate that
this is a valuable tool for the project.
Establish the “Super Pupil On Trust” Scheme in Year 5.
Design ICT Skills Courses to meet the particular needs of the
Provide project facilitators with in-house training. This will
include training in communication and listening skills, as well as
ICT skills related to the course programme.
Plan a unit of work for each year group at KS2 (with a
broader and more general one for KS1), e.g. using, as a starting
point, ideas from the „Help the Aged‟ programme for schools.
Units of Work
Year 5 … Food & Fitness
Year 6 … Money Matters
Year 7 … Then & Now
KS1 … Community
Year 5 Unit of Work
THEME: Food & Fitness
The Body This is an appropriate theme for Year 5
pupils, as it links with their existing study
Diet of Healthy Living.
Food Groups Pupils will compare their daily requirements of
food and exercise with those of older people.
Example activity: Pupils will design
Exercise questionnaires to gather information from
parents and grandparents. This will be used to
create a database using Information Workshop
2000. They will also use the information to word
process case studies to make a book.
Online resources and interactive games will be
used to enrich and enhance learning.
Year 6 Unit of Work
THEME: Money Matters
This is an appropriate theme for Year 6
pupils, as it links with their participation in
Earning the „Young Enterprise‟ scheme.
Budgeting Pupils will learn that keeping track of their
money is very important. They will also learn
Getting Older that, as people get older, more money is spent
on essentials. After people retire, most of
Pensions their money comes from a pension.
Case Studies Example activity: Pupils will use a search
engine to gather information about pensions.
What types of pensions are there? How much
is the State Pension?
In this unit of work, good use will be made of
Year 7 Unit of Work
THEME: Then & Now
This is an appropriate theme for Year 7 pupils, as
it links with their existing work on World War II
and their visit to the European war cemeteries.
Wartime Pupils will compare and contrast life today with
life during the war years. For example, they will
Living learn that more women went to work because men
were away at war and most older people still lived
with their families. Nowadays, older people live
Facts more independently, often in their own homes,
families are usually smaller and grandparents
Case Studies often look after children when their parents are
Example activity: Pupils will publish their stories
on the BBC‟s „WW2 People‟s War‟ website.
Good use will also be made of PowerPoint.
KS1 Unit of Work
THEME: Community … looking after each other
Pupils will learn the importance of helping
others in the local community and how
Helping Out many older people are involved in voluntary
Family They will learn that good transport means
people can travel around easily, even if
Isolation they live on their own.
Case Studies Upper KS1 pupils will think about the issue
of isolation - how some older people live on
their own and feel cut off and lonely. How
can we, as individuals, or as a school, help?
This unit provides many opportunities for
visits to the school by members of the
community and those who work in the
Basic Computing Course
Target Groups “The best way to learn is to teach.”
over 55‟s pupils from Years 6
women returning to work trained by ICT Coordinator
Possible 8-10 Week Programme
(adapted to meet the needs of the target groups)
Word Processing The Internet
Desktop Publishing Spreadsheets
How are we going to monitor
the implementation of the
Evidence collected by … class teachers, ICT,
Pastoral Care and History Coordinators.
By means of … work saved on disc in the „Public‟
folder of the school network and in class books.
Printouts of work and displays, photo album and
work gallery on Intranet and website etc.
Feedback from course participants and
those involved in various activities.
Analysed by … Project Team.
Reported to … Senior Management and
Board of Governors.
At the end of the
implementation period of the
action plan how will we decide
how successful we have been?
We will evaluate our success by …
assessing the use of the ICT suite for all aspects
of school learning, and especially Citizenship, in
assessing the level of staff input into production of
school-based resources to support the Generations
assessing the use made of resources in the Generations
Together Zone on the school Intranet and website.
the level of community awareness of, and involvement in, the
Generations Together project.
the numbers registering for the ICT courses.
pupils‟ response to the various year group
activities and the work produced.
the response from other schools in the SEELB to information
sent to them about the project.
What help is available?
School based inset with teachers
and project facilitators to explain
activities, software and use of
Inset training e.g. Interactive Whiteboard.
Support from SEELB, Pastoral Care and
Support from C2K Consultants and
Advice from the „Help the Aged‟ schools‟ team.
Super Pupil On Trust
Super Pupil On Trust SPOT
Awarded to Year 5 pupils who are
committed to observing all rules
governing the use of computers in Comber
Primary, including Internet safety.
Will be granted permission to use the
Computer Suite at lunchtimes to continue
work or carry out independent research.
This privilege is earned and will be withdrawn
if trust is broken.