Safety first, so chil­dren can get their hands dirty

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YEAR 2 and 5 classes from Won­ersh and Sham­ley Green Church of Eng­land Pri­mary School, south of Guild­ford, and ten Year 10 pupils from St Peters Catholic School in Guild­ford got their hands dirty on a build­ing site as they vis­ited David Wil­son Homes’ Lei­th­field Park de­vel­op­ment to learn about site safety.

The chil­dren set about con­struct­ing a wall with the builders, look­ing around the show home and meet­ing Barry Bar­ratt the mas­cot.

The idea was for the chil­dren to learn about the im­por­tance of stay­ing safe on and around build­ing sites, but to pro­vide a fun el­e­ment along­side the se­ri­ous mes­sage.

The chil­dren took a last­ing re­minder of the lessons home in the form of a goodie bag.

The project is part of an on­go­ing pro­gramme be­tween lo­cal schools and David Wil­son Homes, to ed­u­cate the chil­dren on the dan­gers that a build­ing site holds.

In learn­ing about the dan­gers, the chil­dren were also taught about the ma­te­ri­als and work that goes into a build­ing site, and the em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

A Year 5 Teacher at Won­ersh and Sham­ley Green Church of Eng­land Pri­mary School said: “We thor­oughly en­joyed work­ing with David Wil­son Homes, and we are thank­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to bring the chil­dren onto a site to al­low them to see first­hand the dan­gers pre­sent on a build­ing site.

Cathy Thomp­son, head of ca­reers and em­ploy­a­bil­ity at St Peter’s School, said: “The Year 10 pupils ab­so­lutely loved their visit to Lei­th­field Park and were so en­thused by ev­ery as­pect of the de­vel­op­ment, from the brick­lay­ing to the in­te­rior de­sign in­volved with the show home.”

Lyn­nette St-Quintin, sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of David Wil­son Homes, said: “We thought this project was a fun and en­gag­ing way for chil­dren to un­der­stand how to stay safe on site and see the work that goes into build­ing the houses that many of them live in to­day.’

Year 5 pupils from Won­ersh and Sham­ley Green Church of Eng­land Pri­mary School with mas­cot Barry Bar­ratt and Alan­nah France, mar­ket­ing man­ager, and John Gray, assistant site man­ager, of David Wil­son Homes

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