Mexborough school pupils donned hard hats and high visibility gear for a behind the scenes look at life on a building site during a visit to the latest development from Lovell.
The five-star house builder invited youngsters from Montagu Primary School on a tour of Potters Walk, on Kirby Street, to demonstrate the dangers of using construction sites as playgrounds.
Year Three pupils were escorted on their tour by Regional Health and Safety Adviser, Matt Jarvis, who quizzed the children on their lesson in site safety, before visiting the school for an interactive workshop.
Matt Jarvis comments: “As a responsible house builder, Lovell is always keen to work closely with the community and help children better understand how dangerous playing on a building site can be.
“Our aim is to show these children that there is nothing exciting or mysterious about construction sites and that there are hidden dangers that could pose a serious risk; by getting the children out of the classroom and onto the site, we find our safety messages are much more effective and it also offers the chance for pupils to find out more about the world of construction.
“The children were extremely well-behaved throughout the day and really engaged with what was happening and the information they were given, performing well in the quiz and showing enthusiasm throughout the experience.”
Following an introductory health and safety talk, the seven and eight-year-olds were kitted out in the appropriate gear before embarking on their tour of the site, where construction work on 36 brand new homes is well underway.
Quiz sheets were then handed out to the youngsters in order to test their new found knowledge on the dangers posed by building sites.
The visit was part of a town planning project the school children have been working on and was organised by Montagu Primary School teacher, Kim Sheard, who accompanied the children on their visit.
Kim says: “Visiting the Lovell site and working with the team on the town planning challenge was an informative and exciting end to our work on building around the world.
“The children had an opportunity to show the construction vehicles, made in D.T. lessons, explaining the techniques they have used to build them and the reasoning behind their design ideas.
“A plaque awarded to the children is proudly displayed with our village designs in the Year 3 shared area of the school.”
A member of the winning town planning team says: “I think this is the best thing I have ever done. I think I could be a real town planner when I grow up.”
Pupils from the school, located on Cemetery Road, were invited on the visit due to its locality to the new development, which sits just metres away on Kirby Street.
Matt Jarvis adds: “It was great to be invited along to the school following the site safety tour and by including our interactive workshop within the day’s events we were able to enhance the children’s learning while also making it fun.
“Being able to engage with the local community and make such a positive impact also made it a good experience for us.”
Lovell is currently building a new development of high specification, energy efficient homes at Potters Walk, including a range of two and three-bedroom houses.
A show home complex is now open from Thursday to Monday, 10am to 5pm, with prices starting from £94,000. To find out more, go to Lovell new homes, Potters Walk, Mexborough or call 01709 581700.