Hansel and Gretel Project at Hopeman Primary School

December 17, 2018

Primary 2/3 pupils at Hopeman Primary have been involved in a very exciting DYW project last week. 

Lacey MacDonald, the class teacher has created and led a project based upon the Hansel and Gretel Fairy-tale, linked to the technologies learning outcomes for Craft, Design, Engineering and Graphics. 


So, what was involved?  The pupils had to design their own ginger bread houses on paper and on a screen, thereafter, build them using recycled materials.  Upon pulling all of their designs together, they collectively designed a large gingerbread house using cardboard boxes and other materials for the interior and exterior. 

To apply the real world of work to the project, Lacey asked DYW Moray to bring in a local employer to speak about the construction industry and how it could apply to their project. 

Hazel Fraser, Regional Commercial Manager from Breedon Group delivered an inspirational and engaging career talk on what her role involved and explained how big structures are built, the support required for them and touched upon uniform and the importance of health and safety in construction environments.  Hazel brought in straws and connectors to demonstrate visually how structures are built.  Hazel also brought in dried tar to demonstrate how roads are built and the pupils got to see extracts from Breedon’s quarries.


To ensure all the key elements of designing the gingerbread house were covered, the pupils got split into teams to cover the various roles of building a structure and got turns in each role.  This encouraged the young people to develop team working skills, initiative and creative thinking.


Once the cardboard gingerbread house was built inside and out, at the end of the week, parents were invited in with their pupils to dismantle the gingerbread house to allow parents to come in and see what the young people had been doing.


Early next year, the class will also be involved in a Dinosaur project where local historians, arranged by DYW Moray will be coming in to explain their role, again linking this project to the world of work.


Hazel Fraser said,


“I really enjoyed my morning at Hopeman Primary. I got such a warm welcome. The pupils were fantastic. Full of energy, enthusiasm and all asking lots of questions. They worked well together at the tasks I set them and I was blown away by some of the imaginative shapes they made with a few simple straws.“


Lacey MacDonald explained,


“This was such a worthwhile project and the learning was really brought to life and made relevant with the visit from Hazel.  The children were really engaged and applied learning from Hazels visit, such as when building big structures teamwork is essential and also the bigger the build, the more supports will be needed, when completing the big build.  Sarah from DYW was excellent at very quickly getting in touch with potential business whom could support our project.  It was so quick and easy and to arrange and I will definitely be using this service in the near future.“


Sarah Baxter stated,


“This project has been really great to see develop over the course of the week.  It is fantastic to see Hopeman Primary bringing in local employers to ensure linkage to the world of work wherever possible and it would be great to see many more of our local primaries follow suit and bring in local employers to support them with the delivery of their curriculum.  DYW Moray is here to assist with this.”

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