Pupils from oak class at Bearnes Primary School visited the building site at our popular Kings Gate development to find out more about housebuilding, as part of their school project.
The children are learning about different job roles, including people that help them, and the visit provided a valuable opportunity for us to talk about health and safety.
As well as a tour of the site and the show home, the pupils were shown safety clothing and discussed how to be aware of their surroundings. The site team arranged for an assortment of materials to be available including bricks and insulation samples and discussed the variety of work done on site, from plumbing to carpentry, bricklaying to decorating.
Teacher Helena Malpas from Bearnes Primary School said: “The children are learning about different jobs and they loved hearing about the work involved on a building site. Four year old Sophie volunteered to get dressed up in all the safety clothing to demonstrate how builders protect themselves, which was very popular!
“Being able to see a house in construction and a forklift carrying bricks is much more memorable than us talking about building in the classroom. The children were very excited and really enjoyed exploring the development.”
Brian Deacon, sales and marketing director at South West, said: “Health and safety is incredibly important to us. We hope that we’ve made the children aware of how to keep themselves safe and we’ve given them all a hi-visibility vest for their walk to school, so they can be seen at all times.
“We were delighted to welcome the pupils to Kings Gate, they were enthusiastic to see the construction and I hope we’ve inspired a few budding builders!”
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