Pupils at The Grange Community Primary School in Banbury put away their schoolbooks in favour of trowels this week as they took part in a special ‘Trade School’ construction session.
The activity is part of the school’s ‘The Big Build’ project in which year 1 and 2 pupils have been learning about how materials can be used and manipulated to build the world around us.
The learning project incorporates a range of activities including studying maps and lessons to help the children understand the materials used in modern day construction techniques.
‘Trade School’ encourages learning through allowing the pupils to get hands on with real bricks, mortar and tools of the trade.
The programme has been adapted for primary age pupils with a clever use of the story of the Three Little Pigs and their construction related woes.
Jude Barratt deputy head teacher at the school said: “Activities like this are great for the pupils as it means getting ‘hands on’ and gives them the chance to bring to life many of the things they will have been working on as part of our ‘Big Build!’ project.”
Trade School was developed by Richard Francis from Witney building firm Wain and Francis and is supported by ACE Training which has received a grant from Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) to deliver it to secondary schools for free.
Mr Francis said: “I am concerned that construction, an essential part of our economy, is overlooked by so many young people as a highly skilled, in-demand, career.
“Trade School helps pupils to get a feel for construction in a way that traditional careers advice and information simply can’t do.”