Date: Thursday 02 May 2019
As part of Caledonia Primary School’s focus on understanding biodiversity, our West Scotland team took the opportunity to lead a series of masterclasses for P3, P4, P6 and P7 children, which focussed on the importance of SUDS – Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems – and the role they play within the housebuilding industry.
Brought to life as ‘The Story of Rain’ and the adventures of a raindrop the Primary 3 and 4 children named Dash, the project aimed to spark the imagination of our future Technical geniuses.
The children compared the old ‘Urban Water Cycle’ with its typical surface water drains with a Sustainable Urban Drainage system, which can be designed with a variety of features such as rain gardens, porous paving, green roofs, swales, ponds and wetlands to slow the rainwater down and clean it naturally on its journey back to our rivers.
Our West Scotland Technical team have created a fun and interactive project that includes a storybook, activity sheets, a word search and a rain garden experiment, which allows children to explore the features of SUDs and how they are important for improving biodiversity.
With the ongoing construction of new homes at our development in Broomhouse, the SUDS masterclasses were a great opportunity for our West Scotland team to give the children an insight into the industry and highlight the relevance of SUDS in a real environment – bringing their teaching to life.
Errin Hendry-Giles, Technical Management Trainee for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland led the sessions:
“The importance of biodiversity, and the role of SUDS, is a key part of how we create the designs for our developments.
“Our SUDS masterclasses at Caledonia Primary have allowed us to bring this to life in a fun and engaging way, we hope to have inspired the next generation of Technical geniuses who will be designing our developments of the future.
Katie Scotland, class teacher who organised the SUDS masterclasses adds: “The SUDS sessions provided by the team from Taylor Wimpey West Scotland were a fun and engaging way to bring our lessons around biodiversity to life.
“Our children have enjoyed learning more about the housebuilding industry from Taylor Wimpey, along with their insight into the importance of SUDS and the considerations they face during the designs of their developments of new homes.”