Insight into housing work

Pupils have been given a glimpse into life on a building site.

A total of 42 students from Hadrian Primary School in Wallsend visited Bett Homes’ new Addington Gate development, adjacent to the school in Addington Drive.

The pupils, aged between six and seven, and who are all learning about how homes are built as part of their curriculum, visited the site to see the real life building process, find out about the different materials used and the variety of job roles that exist on a construction site.

Bett Homes site manager, Chris Curtain, gave youngsters a tour of the first phase of build where all pupils had the chance to see actual construction taking place and also learn about health and safety.

The children were also able to ask the site manager questions about building helping to bring their classroom studies into context.

Chris said: “With Hadrian Park School located in such close proximity to Addington Gate, these children have watched on as land next to their playground has started to become a busy building site.

“Soon it will be a thriving new development full of families so we wanted to give them the opportunity to see exactly how these houses are built – literally from the ground up.

“Visits like these also give us an opportunity to talk to local youngsters about health and safety and the importance of taking care around an active construction site.”

Hadrian Park School headteacher Angi Gibson said: “The children were thrilled to have been given the opportunity to don their hard hats and visit Addington Gate.

“Experiences like this are vital in the learning process as they allow pupils to see what they learn about in the classroom happening in the real world.

“The children loved meeting the builders face to face and finding out about how everyday essentials like electricity and water reach their home.

“It was also educational for them to see the amount of hard work that goes into building a house and learn about the wide range of job roles that exist in house building.

“They’re all really looking forward to watching the development take shape and hope to visit again soon.”