Primary school pupils from the Brechin High School cluster area had a lesson with a difference last week.
Maisondieu, Edzell, Stracathro, Lethnot, Tarfside and Andover primary schools each sent two P6 pupils to enjoy behind the scenes access to the Brechin Community Campus site, a £26.5m education and community facility developed by Angus Council in partnership with hub East Central Scotland.
The opportunity to tour the site is part of a new scheme developed by Robertson Construction, who are the main contractors on the project, called Robertson Reporters.
The new initiative will see the group of 12 pupils visit the site a total of four times during the construction period. It has been developed by Robertson’s community development manager Gemma Nicoll, and draws on key learning themes from the Curriculum for Excellence.
It is hoped that the scheme will help make pupils more confident in communication, as they will be sharing their experiences with their classmates after each visit, so all pupils have a greater understanding of the construction process.
Pupils will learn about the job roles required in the project and will even have the opportunity to try some practical exercises.
The topic for the first visit focused on the building’s substructure and featured a talk about engineering, with a chance for the pupils to work with some equipment on site.
During the visit each pupil was presented with information in bite-size chunks to take away in a special Robertson Reporters file.
Gemma said: “The development of Robertson Reporters has given us the opportunity to work closely with the six cluster primary schools for Brechin High School.
“As well as creating new, high-quality learning materials, which align with the targets for the Curriculum for Excellence, we also ask the pupils involved to go back and share their experiences with their classmates.
“This means hundreds of children in the local area will have a real working knowledge of their new school.”