Phil Venn, Design Manager based out of our Bristol Office, visited Sticklepath Primary School in North Devon on 23 October, armed with nmcn “When I grow up” storybooks and activity packs to educate and entertain 120 KS1 pupils.
The day was an incredible success, not only did the pupil’s thoroughly enjoy the book and associated games and activity sheets, but they decided to dedicate an entire week to the theme.
The four classes liked the activities so much that they plan to have an annual week themed around the book, which we hope will continue to deliver a positive impact for years to come.
We created the book to inspire bright young minds to consider a career in construction and to address the skills crisis in the sector. It builds on the existing work our team has done as part of our Positive Impact Plan, in which we aim to engage with at least 5,000 children by 2025.
‘When I Grow Up’ follows twins Harry and Amy, who are considering their future professions as part of their school careers day competition. The story’s message to children is that without the hard work of those in the construction industry, many other roles would not be made possible.
Phil Venn, Design Manager, said: “During this challenging time, teachers and parents have worked hard to keep children engaged and learning, determined not to let their education suffer.
“The school has really appreciated the opportunity to present a fun and interactive session that has a clear and impactful message.
“Through this activity, not only are we able to introduce the construction sector to young people in a way they can understand and appreciate, but also get children using their teamwork and communication skills to complete tasks. I’m thrilled to learn that the theme is something that the school would like to continue on into the future.”
Megan Tomson, Teacher and PSHE lead, said: “Thanks so much for coming in. I have heard great things about the year 1 and year 2 teachers about the project and the children’s responses. They all really enjoyed meeting a ‘real life engineer’”!
To watch the animated version of the book and to download supporting activity sheets visit our When I Grow Up page
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