Learning through construction is not only fun, but also encourages key skills and behaviours to be developed.
Primary students can explore their imagination, use different materials, problem solve and demonstrate the importance of teamwork and social interaction. This develops their hand and eye co-ordination as well as visual and spatial awareness (both of which are essential skills in early years’ development). Furthermore, they develop a great sense of achievement and pride to develop and build something which in turn increases their self-confidence.
Ivor and Honor Goodsite are construction industry mascots created and developed by the Considerate Constructors Scheme. They are used to engage with the public and promote all that is positive about the UK and Irish construction industries to primary school audiences.
Both Ivor and Honor can be hired by organisations registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme to attend school or site visits, community days, and charity or industry events.
One of the principal ways in which Ivor and Honor engage with the public is through their annual competitions.
Ivor Goodsite’s Hoarding Competition runs from January to June and invites those registered with the Scheme to engage with their local communities to design and decorate their site hoardings.
Honor Goodsite’s Big Build competition is held from September to December and asks registered sites, companies and suppliers to engage with local schools or community groups to recreate famous or imaginative structures from recyclable materials.
As well as costume hire and competitions, Ivor and Honor offer a wide range of entertaining and educational products and materials. Ivor’s Hunt the Hazard poster challenges children to spot all the potential dangers on a construction site, while Honor’s ‘Spot the Job’ poster encourages them to identify the many exciting jobs on offer in the construction industry.
Ivor’s Safety presentation and workbook teaches children aged from 4 to 7 years all about construction sites and their potential hazards. Honor’s Environmental presentation and activity book is aimed at children from 7 to 11 years and informs them about the impact of construction on the environment, the issues the industry faces and what steps are being taken to redress the balance.
Childrens’ PPE and fun packs are also available and make ideal souvenirs of your Ivor and Honor visit. Online games and interactive features for children of all ages can also be found on Ivor’s website, along with information on all the competitions and products mentioned above.
The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a not for profit organisation set up by the construction industry to improve its image. Any work that can be construed as ‘construction’ by the general public can be registered with the Scheme.
Sites, companies and suppliers that register with the Scheme are monitored against a five-point Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage performance beyond statutory requirements.
The Code commits everyone who registers with the Scheme to care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value their workforce.
The construction industry has a huge impact on all our lives, with most construction work taking place in sensitive locations. If all construction-related activity presented an image of competent management, efficiency, awareness of environmental issues and above all neighbourliness, they would serve as positive advertisements for themselves and the industry as a whole.
The Scheme is open to sites, companies and suppliers of all types and sizes and for every type of construction activity, with many construction companies and clients automatically registering all of their work as company policy.
The Scheme monitors construction activity and provides posters to be displayed around a construction site, promoting registration with the Scheme. If passers-by wish to comment, the name and telephone number of the site manager or company contact is clearly displayed, alongside a freephone telephone number for the Scheme’s administration office. Registered companies and suppliers also display a vehicle sticker or magnet, showing their unique registration number on every company vehicle used on the public highway.
Sites should be registered before any construction activity commences, including initial demolition work. Construction companies and suppliers can register at any time.
Have a browse of our Career & Educational Activities that are suitable for primary aged students to support their learning and understanding of the built environment.