Fledgling construction students swap classroom for a development site

Posted on March 4, 2013 | News

FLEDGLING construction students swapped their classroom for a development site to see how houses are built.
The five and six year-olds from St. Mary’s Primary School in Kirkby Lonsdale donned hard hats and high-vis jackets to investigate 34 emerging new homes.

Award-winning Russell Armer Homes has been inspiring pupils with school visits to its sites for over 20 years.
Construction director Andrew Taylor explained that Masters’ Grange was particularly interesting because of its proximity to Kirkby Lonsdale’s schools.

Twenty three children, who have been learning about homes and houses, looked at building techniques, energy saving, and the latest in water conservation measures.

Mr Taylor said school visits were always popular and brought an enormous amount of enthusiasm, whatever the pupils’ ages.

He added: “One of our builders first encountered Russell Armer as young lad on a school visit. We aim to inspire as well as educate!”

Teacher Emily Morris said the children had been looking at a wide-range of issues.

“We have covered design, building materials, changes in techniques and different types of houses, even using the Three Little Pigs as a story with a pertinent message,” she said.

“The Masters’ Grange visit reinforced the lessons and gave an invaluable opportunity to link what we do in class with the real world.”

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