Poole schoolchildren enjoy special preview of new school buildings
Children and staff at a Poole school have been given a special preview of their new building - due to open next September.
Dressed in hard hats and high-visibility jackets, children from Heatherlands First School visited the building site to watch contractors at work.
The £5 million project will be completed next spring, but the school is already using a new Foundation class-base, completed this summer.
Sally Burns, Headteacher at Heatherlands First School, said: "A major building site outside the classroom window is impossible to ignore, so we've been actively using it to stimulate classroom discussions and activities.
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"The children have had their own builders' yard in their outdoor learning area where they have been making homes for three little pigs."
From next summer, Heatherlands School will become a primary school for children aged four to eleven. The school will grow by one year group each year, until it will be a full primary school by 2015.
"The new layout of our Foundation stage classrooms has made a big difference to the way the children interact with each other" added Mrs Burns.
"We were spread out in different buildings before; now we have a reception class-base that brings the whole year group together, lends itself to shared learning experiences and is helping the children make friends across classes."