Applegarth School children get insight into building industry during site visit

Children from Applegarth Primary School are taken on a tour of the Mulberry Vale development in Northallerton.
Children from Applegarth Primary School are taken on a tour of the Mulberry Vale development in Northallerton.

North Yorkshire housebuilder Berkeley DeVeer recently welcomed some builders of the future to its Mulberry Vale development in Northallerton.

Children from Applegarth Primary School attended a special site open day where they learned more about the industry.

The 32 five and six year-olds were given a guided tour of the development by site manager Garry Wake, contracts manager Jason Albrecht and safety co-ordinator Lewis Senior.

The children enjoyed seeing what tools and equipment were involved in the building of a property and were given a demonstration by the site team.

Next, the youngsters were taken into a half-complete shell property to show them an unfinished home, midway through the build process.

Following that, the children were allowed to explore the completed show home.

Tony Whiteley, teacher at Applegarth Primary, said: “The children have been focusing on a unit of enquiry called ‘Street Detectives’.

“It involves learning about the buildings around us and studying maps.

“The visit to the building site gave the children first hand experience of what materials are involved in the house building process and built on the learning they had been doing in Science lessons.

“It also inspired the children to write about their visit.”