Date: Thursday 01 May 2014
When reception children at St John’s Primary School in Rowlands Castle studied the story of the Three Little Pigs, they had a go at making their own houses from straw and sticks in class.
But where better to learn about houses made from bricks than our Castle View development just down the road in the Hampshire village?
We invited the 30 four and five-year-olds for a site visit so they could find out why no matter how hard the wolf huffed and puffed, he couldn’t blow a house made from bricks down.
The youngsters enjoyed wearing hard hats and high visibility vests on their tour of the development led by Site Manager Matt Barnes and Rufus Tiler.
Reception class teacher Nikki Parker said: “The children asked lots of questions about how the bricks were made and joined together with cement. They were quite concerned that the roofs of the houses were made from wood, but Rufus Tiler showed them the roof trusses are covered with tiles which keep the rain out.
“They were very interested that the houses didn’t have chimneys or open fires, unlike the house of bricks in the story, and we also discussed how Father Christmas might visit! We also talked about the safety equipment they were wearing, and why Rufus Tiler wore boots and knee pads.
“The children had a lovely time and we really appreciate all the effort made by the staff at the development.”
The site visit to Castle View follows our £600 donation to the school for two new picnic benches in its outdoor learning area.
The Outdoor Learning Project is a five-year plan to turn the school grounds into a place where the children can spend time outside by introducing an outdoor amphitheatre, sculptures, allotments, a learning hut, a picnic area, a woodland walk, a pond, a worship and reflection area, a bamboo garden and an outdoor art gallery.
Fiona Creed, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are thrilled to continue developing our relationship with the children and staff at St John’s Primary School in Rowlands Castle.
“As a local housebuilder, we are committed to ensuring that our developments not only provide much-needed new homes for local people, but also play an important role within their local communities.
“We were delighted to welcome the children to the development and answer their questions about how our houses are built – and are pleased they had such an enjoyable time.”