We thought we’d mention something that got very little news coverage. On 11 May this year Bessie Camm died. She was famous for one particular reason. At the time of her death she was Britain’s oldest resident. 113 years and 325 days to be precise. Children typically learn about numbers and ages by talking and comparing what they know with the new facts brought up in their chat. Bessie Camm’s life would be remarkable to most of the children in our care. Born in 1904 she would hardly have seen cars as a child, she lived much of her life without any kind of phone and she was middle aged by the time television ownership became part of normal life in our country. We make efforts every once in a while to talk about different lives and times to our children and from time to time our nurseries have visited old people in residential homes to talk to them about the lives they have lived. We’ve met some incredible people this way – but we still salute Bessie’s amazingly long life.