ABOUT 40 children at Westminster Primary School have been learning about life in the construction industry.
Year six pupils were given a tour of the new Hollymere Extra Care apartments on New Grosvenor Road by workers at GB Building Solutions and Avantage, the consortium chosen by Cheshire County Council to create the development.
They wore hard hats and high-visibility vests as they learned more about life on a building site.
The youngsters were taught about health and safety, shown the different machines used on site and invited to ask questions.
Headteacher Sue Finch said: “Avantage offered the children an invaluable learning experience about the dangers of playing on a building site.
“The day also provided a great lesson in construction, and the tour of the site has really helped them to see how buildings are actually put together.
“It was a real eye opener for some of them. It’s important for them to know why they are learning subjects such as maths, science and IT.”
More than 20 year six pupils have also been adding a splash of colour to the hoardings around the development site.
They were provided with paint pallets and brushes to decorate the hoardings with pictures that represent the community.
Mrs Finch added: “The children were very excited to be asked to help add a splash of colour to the local community by using their artistic skills.
“By painting the hoardings the children used their creative talents to produce something which can be appreciated by everyone in the area.”
Site manager Mike Piper said: “The class was so enthusiastic about giving something back to the community and the paintings look fantastic.
“As Hollymere’s facilities will be accessible to the community, the children’s paintings really help to get the message of community spirit across to all residents of Ellesmere Port.”