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Byline: By Moira Sharkey South Wales Echo

The three Billy Goats Gruff, Humpty Dumpty and a team of builders have helped an infant school become the first in Wales to win a top construction award.

Pupils and staff at Rumney Infant School in Cardiff used the fact that part of their school was a building site for a year to their advantage.

Lessons had to continue while a new nursery was being built.

But instead of being a noisy nuisance they had to put up with, the building site and the team of builders became the subject of many lessons.

The children learned about health and safety, the dangers of a building site and through role-play became builders and site managers, recording the progress of the building through photos and reports. Based in Wentloog Road, it is now the only infants' school in Wales to earn a Gold Construction Skills Award from the national training organisation for construction in the UK, CITB.

Their first project on bridge building was inspired by the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and earned the school its Bronze Award, while the investigation in the spring term which considered different types of material and used the tale of Humpty Dumpty as their starting point ensured they got a Silver Award.

In the summer term after completing their progress reports on the new nursery and interviewing the builders the school received it Gold Award. The building work formed the basis of so many interesting lessons that the school is now hoping to continue the classes this year, even though the new nursery is complete and the builders have left. It is seeking funding to set up a mock site office. Headteacher Anne Evans said: 'While we were delighted that work was going to begin on our new nursery building, initially we were a bit concerned about the possible disruption to lessons. But as soon as it was decided to use this to our advantage it was an incredible educational resource. The children were really interested. They watched it progress, and recorded the progress through reports and photos.


Any businesses which would like to help the school to create the mock site office can call Mrs Evans on 029 2079 1345.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 6, 2005
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