The final unit of the Connecting Classrooms work was carried out at Liss just before we finished for the end of the academic year. Our theme was young carers and we started off by examining who the people who care for us are and what they do.
We drew a heart shape and inside we wrote down all the people who care for us and outside the types of thngs they did.
After this, we discussed what the definition of a young carer might be before unveiling the following definition:
You’re a young carer if you’re under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. If you’re a young carer, you probably look after one of your parents or care for a brother or sister.
Our next step was to play a game of charades where the children mimed some household tasks and we had to say whether they were a job for a parent, a child or should be shared.
After this we considered how the jobs might change if a parent became seriously ill
This is the list we came up with:
We then considered how much free time they nmight have when they go to secondary school in September. Most of the class came to the conclusion that it would be around two hours. When asked to consider how they might fit in all the jobs that needed doing, the children became quite agitated. There wasn’t enough time to do all the chores.
At this point the children compared their lives with pupils in Kafuro who alreday do far more jobs around the house and in the fields. We tried to imagine what it would be like if the pupils lived in Uganda and had to look after a parent as well. It was then that the children really realised how lucky they are to have the free time that they do and understood what amazing work young carers do both in the UK and Uganda.