Children design their perfect neighbourhood

Children design their perfect neighbourhood

Children design their perfect neighbourhood

First published in News

BUDDING designers have come up with models showing what they want to see on the streets of Bicester’s 5,000-home eco-town.

About 60 Year 4 pupils at Bure Park School, in Lucerne Avenue, were challenged to come up with designs for street features at the North West Bicester site.

Their brief was to think about how to make a street that would appeal to everyone, how to make it safe and encourage children to play outside and bring neighbours together.

Eight-year-old pupils have spent the past 10 weeks creating models and promotional material for the development such as television adverts and posters.

Ideas for the development included play areas, outdoor barbecue sites, greenhouses for community use, and nature reserves.

On Friday, pupils presented their work to A2 Dominion’s eco town project director, Steve Hornblow, and Louise Caves, the strategic partnership co-ordinator.

Teacher Nikki Wise, the ICT co-ordinator, said: “Children have worked for 10 weeks on this, creating plans, 3D models, and as each child in Year 4 has their own iPad for use in school they have created all their own promotional material including persuasive posters and TV adverts.”

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Ms Caves said: “There were a lot of brilliant ideas, including a butterfly house, nature reserve and green houses for local produce exchange at a swap shop. Every model had a story behind it.”

The winners will be announced next month and the school will receive garden vouchers.

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