Issued: June 14, 2017
Children to benefit from Literacy Shed
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Children at Thomas Willingale School and Nursery now have a special Literacy Shed in the school grounds where they can go and read.
The structure has been provided free of charge by McLaughlin and Harvey which is building the Epping Forest Shopping Park in Langston Road.
The company wanted to get involved with the local community and has invited Year 5 classes at the school to visit the site.
Wearing high vis jackets and hard hats, the children were given folders, a calculator and measuring tapes. They also had a workbook to complete after each site visit.
Year 5 teacher Aileen Holland said: "The children have loved visiting the site, having the opportunity to see and record each stage of the development.
"Alongside this McLaughlin and Harvey have regularly provided us with inspirational people from within the company who have been positive role models.
"For example the project manager, architect, quantity surveyor, engineer, structural engineer and safety manager have explained their role, shown personal presentations on the work they have been involved in and given the children the chance to look at actual plans and have an opportunity to ask questions.
"Consequently the children have had a chance to view the bigger picture of a ‘building site’ and consider different jobs which they might like to undertake in the future.
"We think they now have a totally different picture about what goes on at a building site."
She added: "As a lasting tribute of the time they have worked with us we are most grateful for the very kind donation of the Literacy Shed which they offered to build in our grounds and which they have fully funded.
"This very generous donation will be used by the pupils as a place to read at break times, by classes to sit and read with their teachers and for groups to explore drama lessons.
"Children for years to come will have the benefit of something we had planned for a while but wouldn’t have been able to afford.
"Our children have remained excited and keen throughout the whole experience and will all be sorry to finish.
"It really has been a fantastic opportunity for everybody involved."