Even better than Lego ... Ashwicken pupils learn with real bricks

Ashwicken School poster Competition winners, LtoR,, Neve Moore, Grahame Clarke (Senior site Manager ) Shereen Shaikh, Nick Gale ( Managing Director) and Daisy Chown ANL-150130-175559009

Ashwicken School poster Competition winners, LtoR,, Neve Moore, Grahame Clarke (Senior site Manager ) Shereen Shaikh, Nick Gale ( Managing Director) and Daisy Chown ANL-150130-175559009

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Youngsters from Ashwicken Primary School have been getting hands-on experience to learn about the building of their new £2.5 million school.

On Friday pupils were shown the art of laying bricks by some of the team from Gill builders and were able to have a turn themselves.

Ashwicken School Brick laying, LtoR, Abigial Dickerson, Matthew Fordham (Builder) and Tyler Stuart. ANL-150130-175538009

Ashwicken School Brick laying, LtoR, Abigial Dickerson, Matthew Fordham (Builder) and Tyler Stuart. ANL-150130-175538009

They have also been busy creating safety posters for an in-school competition, with the winners’ designs set to be displayed on safety fencing surrounding the site.

Work on the new building for the 123-pupil school will continue until the summer ready for the start of term in September.

Headteacher Sue Collison, said: “The brick-laying was very hands on and the pupils got stuck in straightaway.

“With last week’s session and more planned over the next two weeks, every child will have had a chance to try their hand at laying bricks.”

The pupils were trying out their new-found skills on practice walls which were about six bricks in height when finished.

The poster competition followed on from a school assembly which Gill builders attended.

“They talked to the children about safety on the site and showed them protective clothing and helmets,” said Sue.

“The children were asked to design posters to get across the importance of safety at the site and the three winning posters have been made up into large boards which will be put up on the fencing.

“We have plans for several more activities to mark the building of the new school, including making time capsules.

“The children are becoming more and more excited about their new school, and really enjoy getting involved with hands-on activities.”

The school changed from an 80-pupil infant school during a reorganisation of education in 2011. The new school building will include a central atrium for school assemblies, a new library, classrooms and staff area.