Sunderland school children get a lesson in flooding

Children from Castletown Primary School get the chance to take a look down a very big hole! The pupils were on a special site visit to see work taking place to build a large stormwater holding reservoir near their school.
Children from Castletown Primary School get the chance to take a look down a very big hole! The pupils were on a special site visit to see work taking place to build a large stormwater holding reservoir near their school.
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PUPILS at a city primary got to see flood prevention work under way in the grounds of their school.

As part of works being carried out by Northumbrian Water, a huge hole has been dug in the grounds of Castletown Primary School.

Children from Castletown Primary School get the chance to take a look down a very big hole! The pupils were on a special site visit to see work taking place to build a large stormwater holding reservoir near their school.

Children from Castletown Primary School get the chance to take a look down a very big hole! The pupils were on a special site visit to see work taking place to build a large stormwater holding reservoir near their school.

Workmen invited some of the children along to the site to see what was going on.

Janine Scott, corporate affairs advisor for the company, said: “We wanted to let the children see what was going on and to give them a talk about how to keep safe around work sites.” Joan Lumsden, headteacher at Castletown Primary, said: “Children from Year 1 and Year 6 visited the site on to see first hand what was happening with the flood alleviation works.

“It’s very rare that children get the opportunity to see such a large project first hand.

“The Year 1 children now have a building site within their role play area and are writing about their experiences whilst Year 6 pupils are solving maths problems based on measurement and capacity following the visit. Visits such as these can provide a ‘real life’ context for learning.”

The installation of a storage tank in the school’s playing field is part of a £850,000 project by Northumbria Water to upgrade the sewer network.

Contractors, Esh Construction, will also be laying a sewer pipe along sections of Grange Road and Hylton Castle Road.

The work is being carried out to reduce the likelihood of flooding to properties in the area and it is estimated the whole project will be finished by the middle of December.