We go back to school in Bathgate

Date: Thursday 03 May 2018

TWES Simpson Primary

Last week, the children from Primary two at Simpson Primary in Bathgate invited members of our team into their classroom to give a lesson about how they build homes as part of their ‘House to Homes’ project. As part of their learning experience, 25 children from P2B drafted an individual letter to our Managing Director, Ian Drummond to invite him into school so the children could learn more from the team about each of the steps that a house takes before it becomes a home.


As well as a fun and engaging presentation outlining the steps and processes that we take to build a new home, the team ran a mini bricklaying session in class giving the children the opportunity to get a closer look at the process of bricklaying. Ian Drummond, Managing Director commented:  “I really enjoyed going back to the classroom and having the opportunity to give the children at Simpson Primary an insight into the building process of a Taylor Wimpey home. The 25 individual letters that I received from one of the classes were full of questions for us, and so it has been great to be to be part of the children’s learning experience and to able bring their project to life for them.”


As well as the class presentation, pupils in P2 at Simpson Primary School were handed a new copy of the ‘How we build your home with Millie Mortar and Handy Andy’ which is a book we recently launched to provide children with an informative and engaging message about how to stay safe around construction sites and housing developments.


Martyn Campbell, Production Director, who led the mini-bricklaying sessions, added:  “We’re building new homes at our development Meadow Lea, which is nearby to the school, so for us being in the classroom gives us a great opportunity to remind the children never to play near a construction site.  It is a message that we ask them to share with their friends, family and the wider community to ensure that construction sites are respected.”


Class teacher Shona Smith, says: “Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed their visit from Taylor Wimpey’s team, asking lots of questions and learning about the building process. This was a project that we’ve covered in all three P2 classes and the sessions by the team from Taylor Wimpey were a great way to bring the children’s learning to life. They really enjoyed seeing some of the materials that it takes to build a new house in real-life, and we know they absolutely loved the mini bricklaying sessions.”