PUPILS from a Barry junior school discovered the building trade when a contractor fixed it for them to survey a development-in-progress.
St Helens RC youngsters visited the former Barry Magistrates Court site on February 20 to find out who does what on a big building site.
The Thompson Street site is currently being developed by Newydd Housing Association into 52 affordable homes as well as retail space.
Jehu Project Services Ltd, the contractor employed by Newydd to complete the work, invited a group of Year 5 pupils to investigate real life on site as part of their class literacy project.
Site manager Nyron Wood outlined the plans and progress so far.
Pupils learned about health and safety, watched the busy site at work and saw a 100ft tower crane being erected.
They also viewed concrete wagon deliveries, diggers and other equipment, all with Nyron Wood as their guide.
Teacher Mrs Lloyd said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for the children to visit a working site on their doorstep and to use the visit to support their literacy work.”
Construction opportunities coordinator with Jehu Project Services Bernie Mark said: “We are delighted to welcome groups to visit this major site and look forward to working with St Helens School on the next part of their project work. They will interview workers and managers on site and jointly produce an organisational chart that will be seen by all site visitors.”