DOVER PARK SCHOOL & CORNELIA HEIGHTS

When Henry Bear visited the children at Dover Park School & Cornelia Heights Care Home.

Henry has been working hard with the residents at Cornelia Heights and pupils at Dover Park School helping residents and children weave some wonderful stories and poems.

As part of Independent Arts awareness raising drive the children at Dover Park School have also been learning about the impact of Dementia, and memory loss.

Kerry Tindall-Guignard project coordinator said.

“We are so pleased that the pupils and staff at Dover Park School have taken part in this intergeneration project.  It’s vital to us as a charity that we not only educate young people about the impact of living with dementia, but also the creative potential for those living with dementia It’s been so good to break down some common assumptions, and the children have been so open to the creative journey that both the residents and Henry have taken. He’s worked hard in all his lessons at the school, and will even be taking a jaunt with the children on the Isle of Wight Steam railway!” 


Henry Bear’s Day at Dover Park School, as imagined by the residents of Cornelia Heights Care Home

Henry Bear liked learning. He was reading in the library and learnt about colours and was then very surprised to find out that he is partly named after an American President! In geography he learned about Russia, Ethiopia and the Eiffel tower in France which Henry thought looked scarily high. His next lesson was baking a cake. Henry really enjoyed this as he loves eating cake. He made a fruit cake and ate the lot and oh my goodness did he have indigestion and tummy ache afterwards!

At playtime, Henry wanted to smell the flowers and make himself look bigger so he went and sat in the flowerbed. It was naughty to do this so he had to go and see the Headteacher. Henry said he was sorry for squashing the flowers and that he’d weed the garden after school.  The Headmaster thought that was a good idea and let Henry go back and join his class.

Henry was very pleased as the next activity was toasting marsh mellows  and he was very happy. He then went to play with his friend David, who has a round face, a large white moustache and tuffs of white hair sticking out just above his ears. They played football, tennis and tried some old time dancing -the waltz, quickstep and foxtrot – but Henry was no good at dancing as he was too clumsy.

After school Henry put his school bag into the basket  of his blue bike and off he peddled, ringing his bicycle bell loudly.  Suddenly a car pulled out and Henry bumped into it. His head hurt so he had to go to the Teddy Bear’s hospital where the Doctor said he needed to rest so he had to stay in hospital overnight. Henry didn’t want to miss school, so the next day his school friends made a special snooze area where he could rest when he needed to. Henry was very happy he wasn’t missing any lessons with his friends.


Henry Bear’s Journey

Henry Bear wanted to visit his mummy so he set up his hot air balloon and was soon skimming along over trees and chimney pots on the Isle of Wight. He didn’t go too high because he was a little afraid of heights. As he was floating over a park he saw children playing on swings,seesaws and roundabouts. They waved at him  so Henry landed his balloon in the park.

What happened next?!


Henry Bear’s Journey continues – as imagined by the children of class 3R

Henry Bear wanted to visit his mummy so he set up his hot air balloon and was soon skimming along over trees and chimney pots on the Isle of Wight. He didn’t go too high because he was a little afraid of heights. As he was floating over a park he saw children playing on swings,seesaws and roundabouts. They waved at him  so Henry landed his balloon in the park.

The children from class 3R at Dover Park Primary School were just having their breaktime before heading off on their school trip. Henry walked with 3R to Ryde St. John’s station. They had to walk down the hill and along the road.  They used the pedestrian crossing because it is a very busy road. Henry said, “Look left and look right.”

“Good advice,” replied the children.

They went on the electric train to Smallbrook junction.

“This is a bumpy train ride,” said Henry.

After a short journey they arrived at the station which is in the countryside. Henry saw the fields with buttercups and horses. It was sunny and the birds were singing.

Henry said, “It is peaceful.”

Henry and the school children stepped off the train and through a time portal.  On the platform on the other side, a steam train arrived with vanilla scented steam blowing away on the wind.

“Yahoo! The steam train is here,” shouted Henry.

He travelled third class and sat in the luggage rack because he was scared of the tunnel. It was pitch black.  After his fright, he fell asleep to the sound of the train going  choo choo choo choo.  The train whistle woke him up and Henry had a shoulder ride to get off the train.

Henry arrived at Havenstreet station where they all sat in a room to watch a film about trains. Afterwards it was lunchtime and Henry had honey sandwiches.  Then they looked all around the station. Henry saw tracks, steam and engines and heard people talking and whistles blowing.

Henry stopped at the café to have a cup of tea before going to the workshop where he saw men repairing the trains, sanding the woodwork and listening to music. He also saw carriages that needed repair and he thought that they were massive.

“What a hard job you are doing,” said Henry.

“We enjoy it,” said all the volunteers.

With time running out, Henry bought some gifts from the shop and he met the engine driver! They all had to rush to catch the train for the homeward journey…


Henry Bear – the story continues as imagined by the residents at Cornelia Heights.

………With time running out, Henry brought some gifts from the shop and he met the engine driver! Everyone had to rush to catch the train for the homeward journey…….

They watched the scenery as the steam train puffed along and Henry really liked seeing the horses and sheep. The ticket collector came and frowned when she saw she had a bear on board. She asked Henry for his ticket. Henry searched his scarf and his special bag but he could not find  it – he was always loosing things. The children wanted to help but the ticket collector said ‘No, that bear’s in trouble’ and at the next station she chucked Henry off the train!  He went soaring through a time space portal and landed with a thud on his bottom at Euston Railway station. Luckily another  Bear called Hamish was on the station. Hamish  wore a tartan scarf and cap and was traveling from Scotland to the Isle of Wight.  They went on the Underground to Waterloo Station – Hamish looked after the tickets! Henry liked the underground. A lady got sick so he turned the Dead Man’s handle to stop the train.  Everyone said Henry was a good bear.

Hamish and Henry caught the train to Portsmouth. Henry was very hungry so they had a  picnic of cakes on the train which they ate with knifes and forks because Hamish did not like getting his paws dirty. There was fruit cake, chocolate cake, lemon cake, coffee cake and ginger biscuits.  They could not eat it all but when they got the Portsmouth, there were the children from Dover Park School! So they all caught a plane to the Island and had a cake picnic flying over the sea.

Henry was very tired after all his adventures. He went home and went to bed and then he had a dream.

What did he dream?

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