This place is like a building site!

Constructing for outdoor learning

This school grounds STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) construction project gives primary pupils the opportunity to learn new skills while creating a substantial wooden feature for their grounds.

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Project Details

Funded by the John Laing Charitable Trust, we work with eight schools each year on the project which gives children a chance to make a difference in their own school grounds.

Working with an experienced member of the LtL Accredited Network, pupils learn how to read plans, use hand and electric power tools, and follow detailed instructions.  In doing so they gain the construction skills needed to create a wooden structure in their school grounds- building confidence and inspiring future interests.  Features built in recent years include story-telling thrones and solitary bee hotels, thereby supporting a range of curriculum subjects from literacy to science and citizenship.

Closely linked to the STEM subjects, pupils who might struggle in a classroom see these subjects in particular brought to life outdoors.

Read the This Place is Like a Building Site Project Report from 2019 detailing our work with eight schools located in Swindon.

In 2020 the project will work with schools in Swindon and Reading.

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