Learning through construction is not only fun, but also encourages key skills and behaviours to be developed.
Through this, primary students can explore their imagination, use different materials, problem solve and demonstrate the importance of teamwork and social interaction. It also develops their hand and eye co-ordination and their visual and spatial awareness, both of which are essential skills in early years’ development.
They also develop a great sense of achievement and pride to develop and build something that helps to increase their self-confidence.
Below are links to some of our Career & Educational Activities that are suitable for primary aged students to support their learning and understanding of the built environment. We’ve also included some helpful tips to adapt these activities for a primary aged audience.
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BUILDING MATERIALS AND THEIR PROPERTIES
This activity encourages Primary aged participants to carry out simple tests on building materials, exploring their properties and their uses. Participants may also use this activity to explore construction related job roles. The activity is a fun way to encourage construction discussion and observation.
The Giant tetrahedron activity emphasises the importance of teamwork and listening to and following instructions.
Make sure you have sufficient staff support per group.
Brick Tower Challenge
The Brick Tower Challenge promotes the use of communication skills through a simulated construction project.
- Simplify the costing elements
- Reduce the planning time
- Increase build time
Spot the Skills
The Spot the Skills activity helps to increase knowledge and awareness of different roles in construction.
Simplify by removing more complex job roles.
Who is Ivor?
Ivor Goodsite is the industry mascot developed by the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Ivor is used by construction companies to engage with younger audiences to encourage safety on and around construction sites and to promote all that is positive about the UK construction industry.
Ivor aims to get children excited and interested about the construction industry and to see it as a fantastic place to work.
Ivor Goodsite is available to the Considerate Constructors Scheme registered sites, companies and suppliers, so whilst they're talking about important messages such as health and safety, it's presented in a fun but informative way and helps to engage with children at their events.
The costume for Ivor Goodsite is available for hire for any industry-related event, along with a number of additional branded products that can be purchased to give away as reminders of the day.
Construction Site Safety workbooks are also available which can be used as an educational resource in the classroom by either teachers or contractors. These workbooks contain safety-themed stories, puzzles and activities.
Considerate Constructors Scheme
The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a non-profit making, independent organisation founded in 1997 by the construction industry to improve its image.
Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice. The Code commits those registered with the Scheme to care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone's safety and value their workforce.
The Scheme is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole or aimed at the general public, the environment or the workforce.
For further information, visit the Considerate Constructors Scheme website.