Lindale Primary School Children Visit Russell Armer Homes’ Grange Development During New Homes WeekPosted on June 7, 2016 | Education, News
Cumbrian new homes builder, Russell Armer, helped celebrate the HBF’s New Homes Week by helping to educate home builders of the future and staging a site visit for primary school pupils from Lindale C of E Primary, in the South Lakes.
Children from the Reception and Year 1 classes at Lindale School, visited Russell Armer Homes’ new development in Grange-over-Sands, along with their teacher, Kim Law, to build on a project they have been conducting within the classroom, which focuses on discovery around the topic of homes.
This started when the children in the Early Years grade created a wildlife area for mini beasts. They looked at different types of home, from terraced to semi-detached and from detached to apartment, and the children brought in photos of their own home, to add to a classroom display.
The next stage of their project focused on materials, which is why Kim decided to ask Russell Armer Homes whether the children could visit the homebuilder’s OverSands View development in Grange.
Russell Armer Homes is no stranger to such requests and quickly agreed to welcome 12 children and their accompanying adults on Wednesday, May 18.
During their exciting visit, the young children were shown around the site, and introduced to materials used in building news homes, by Russell Armer Homes’ Construction Director, Andrew Taylor and Site Manager, Mike Hillock. All had fun wearing their hard hats and high-visibility jackets and seeing homes in various states of construction.
Back in the classroom, they will be putting together a class book and talking about how a house is built. They will then create their own outside ‘building site’ and engage in role play. Then, the learning experience will be reinforced by linking their visit back to the story of the Three Little Pigs.
Helping to give such an experience to the new home purchasers of the future is very important to Russell Armer Homes. Even though getting a foot on the property ladder is difficult for first time buyers, research has shown that various Government schemes to assist new home buyers are generating awareness and encouraging young people to try to buy a home of their own.
Recent research conducted by YouGov and commissioned ahead of New Homes Week by the HBF, found 77 per cent of people are aware of the Help to Buy equity loan scheme that allows first time buyers to purchase a new build home with a deposit of just five per cent. 34 per cent are aware of the proposed Starter Homer scheme that will see first time buyers getting a 20 per cent reduction on the cost of a new build home.
Russell Armer Homes’ managing director, Martyn Nicholson, says: “Young people need to be encouraged to aspire to owning a new home and then be given help to get on to the property ladder. By arranging visits for school groups like the one from Lindale Primary, we can communicate the advantages of a new property and help encourage the future generation to take advantage of any Government initiatives that exist and which will help them achieve their dreams.
“We think Lindale CofE Primary’s homes project is truly inspiring and very well thought out. We hope that the pupils who visited us took away impressions of new build homes that will last for years and which will one day spur them on to becoming first time buyers with their own home.”
More details about the OverSands View development that the children will visit can be found here