Children see their poster designs on new site

The ten children from Ryhill J&I school council at the entrance to the building site with WDH staff.
The ten children from Ryhill J&I school council at the entrance to the building site with WDH staff.

Children who designed safety posters for a building site in their village got to see their work on display during a special school visit.

Ten pupils from the Ryhill J&I School learnt about health and safety at the construction site on Westfield Crescent where five new homes are currently being built by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH).

School council co-ordinator and teaching assistant Alison Edwards said the children enjoyed learning outside the classroom.

Mrs Edwards said: “The visit has raised their awareness about the dangers building sites pose and it was great for them to see their posters up on the fence because they feel like they’ve played an active part in the building of the homes.”

Pupil Joe Barraclough, 10, said: “I didn’t realise how many dangers there were on a building site. Our posters look good on the fence.”

Fellow pupil Madeleine Inglis, nine, said: “I didn’t know that they use machines to put the roofs on. They use loads and loads of equipment to build the houses, and they need to be really careful when they use them.”

The children also named the new development as Westfield Mews earlier this year as part of a competition run by WDH.

WDH environmental manager Denis Doody said the visit was to show the children the importance of their posters.

The homes are due to be completed in February 2013.