CHILDREN from a Whitley Bay first school nursery swapped toy cranes for the real thing this week.
The group of three and four-year-olds from Appletree Gardens in Monkseaton, visited McCarthy & Stone’s construction site on nearby Chapel Lane, where a retirement development – Bygate Court – is taking shape.
The 26 were given a tour of the building site from contracts manager John Allsop before having a go at basic construction skills such as laying bricks and hammering nails.
Nursery teacher Geraldine Sutherland said: “We have a small building site in our role play area at the school that includes items such as sand, gravel, toy diggers and cranes, and we use that to help the pupils understand how things are built in a safe and fun way.
“When the pupils noticed the real crane go up at the McCarthy & Stone site they were mesmerised, and we realised that a visit there could be the perfect way to bring construction to life and show them the real way the places where we live are built.
“The children seemed to really enjoy their visit to Bygate Court and it was great to see them interact with the McCarthy & Stone team.
“Everyone on site was very welcoming and they really managed to engage the pupils’ imaginations by letting them get involved with the work they do.
“I am sure that this experience is something that the pupils will remember and talk about for a long time to come.”