Construction Industry Training Board
Teacher Training and Schools Programme
A programme of 3 Teacher Training sessions for 30 staff, together with Structures
workshops in 30 schools throughout the Eastern Area. Further funding support
from the region’s Business Education Link-Ed allowed the provision
of training materials and resources for teachers. These materials will enable
staff to carry out the workshops year on year in their own schools.
I thought that this afternoon’s session was of great value
to the children in my class. It was excellent for fulfilling the
requirements of speaking and listening in literacy, and PSHE, as
the tactics used really encouraged everyone to share their ideas
and feel valued. It was especially beneficial with regard to co-operation
and team-building skills.
I feel that the children had a great sense of satisfaction and of working as
a community. The experience also linked well with mathematics as a lot of shape
vocabulary was used and it also links to forces in science.
I have also enjoyed the valuable time to watch my children interact with each
other and I will definitely use the materials gained from this session again.
Bocking Primary, Braintree
I felt the main value of this workshop was in developing the spatial
awareness of the pupils. The supportive environment which allowed
children to express imagination was also in keeping with the School’s
All my children thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon and I look forward to taking
training myself so that I can replicate a similar experience for the rest of
the Year 4 children.
Lee Chapel Primary, Basildon
The children found the workshop to be great fun and were delighted
with the final outcomes of their efforts. They had to listen very
carefully to all the instructions and follow carefully what was
required. They also realised that they need a certain level of ‘stamina’ to
be successful. The other quality necessary was the ability to work
in co-operation with others who were not necessarily their friends
or work partners.
The workshop approach created a safe, sound and challenging working environment
with clear ‘rules’ and an achievable outcome. It underpins and
extends the type of approach that we use at Great Leighs where we are constantly
striving for greater independence and initiative for our children.
The children spent the day after the workshop producing a booklet which contained
various pieces of work including written accounts, instructions, drawings and
letters. This has now formed part of a superb classroom display with photographs
of the day. The next part of our work will involve the children in making and
creating additional structures using the dowel and bands. They will also be
able to ‘cascade’ their skills and knowledge to others in the School.
Great Leighs Primary School, Great Leighs
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