Date: Thursday 23 July 2020
Our Oxfordshire team has helped primary school children to get creative during lockdown by challenging pupils around the county to design their dream bedroom.
The team tasked children at schools near their developments to craft their ideal bedroom using materials of their choice. Pupils could submit drawings, digital creations or 3D models of their ideal space, limited only by their imagination.
The schools that took part were Aureus Primary School in Didcot, near Great Western Park; Eynsham Community Primary School in Eynsham, near Thornbury Green; The Radstone Primary School in Brackley, near Willow Park at Radstone Fields; and Hanwell Fields Community School in Banbury, near Castle Grange.
A range of creative entries were submitted, featuring designs on paper, in Lego and using a variety of household materials. After a difficult judging process, the top three entries from each school were awarded with a selection of arts and crafts prizes.
As a special bonus, the first prize winners and their classmates will also be invited on a tour of a local showhome once it is safe to do so.
Lisa Burrell, Interior Designer at Redditch-based Claude Hooper, helped launch the competition by filming a video for pupils and was part of the judging panel. She said: “It’s been great to see such a range of thoughtful and imaginative designs using a variety of materials, and it was definitely a challenge to choose the winner. I was absolutely spoiled for choice with all of the wonderful ideas.”
Ian Jackson, assistant headteacher at Eynsham Primary School, said: “The children at Eynsham Community Primary School always enjoy the chance to be creative, and this competition with Taylor Wimpey was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils during lockdown.
“Seeing the entries, I am proud of all of our pupils who entered, and I am amazed at the innovative ways in which they have expressed their creativity. A big well done to our winners, and a sincere thank you to Taylor Wimpey for the fantastic competition and inspiring prizes.”
Hannah Zebrowski, assistant headteacher at Aureus Primary School, said: “We were delighted to be involved in this creative challenge. The competition was very well received by our families, especially during the lockdown period at home.
“We are so pleased for Ashvik who won a first prize and got some lovely books and has a visit to the show home to look forward to. Thank you to the Taylor Wimpey team for involving the local community in your builds and helping out pupils get creative.”
Caroline Bond, Headteacher at Hanwell Fields Community School, said: “The competition has been a fantastic and fun opportunity for our pupils during their home learning period. It is a wonderful example of the wider enrichment experiences we want them to enjoy alongside their learning as part of an ‘education with character’.