Building Life Skills
|Year six children at New Whittington Community Primary school got a taste of town planning when they took part in a unique project designed to coincide with 'money week' in school.
In collaboration with Chesterfield council's planning officer Alan Morey, aided too by money experts from HSBC, retired Recreation Officer Geoff Cass and the Tourist Information Office, the Class brief was to design a Leisure Centre and submit the plans to a pretend Council planning committee.
They would be split into five management teams and their plans would then be assessed by Alan as if they had been submitted formally.
Four of the five groups - 'Fun for Families', 'Whittington Workers', 'Mega Leisure land', and the 'group with no name', chose the A61 corridor to site their project.
The remaining group, 'Buldiva Builders' chose the Eden Project in Cornwall.
After looking over the plans, Alan returned to class to report on his findings. He was impressed with the standard of work, and the mix of uses. However there were potential problems with access, noise and environmental issues to discuss with the class.
After careful consideration Alan passed three of the five, and, although two were refused, there were only minor complaints which could be addressed and resubmitted.
The children enjoyed the project, saying it had been difficult to work as a team and that they had discovered just how difficult it was to design these things. Of the two that were refused, both teams said they would have resubmitted their plans and tried again.
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