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Redrow and Builder Book Project held a workshop at St. Mark’s Catholic Primary School, Halewood During the one-hour sessions the children use their imaginations to draw/write a place they would like to visit in the imagination den. Pictured with Redrow’s Michael Deegan are LtR: Kiera, Thomas, Alicia and Connie

Bringing books to life for pupils in Halewood

by Jonathan Kearney

A social enterprise that supports thousands of children across Merseyside has paid a visit to a Halewood primary school.

Builder Book UK is a local initiative run by authors Jude Lennon and Natalie Reeves Billing and aims to improve the lives of children and young families through storytelling, creativity, fun and learning.

The interactive den building session was held with year three and four pupils at St Mark’s Catholic Primary School.

The sessions was arranged by Redrow, one of the house builders involved in the East of Halewood development.

During the session, the children met Booksy the Builder Bug who lives on a construction site. They learnt about his work uniform and why he needed to wear a hard hat, hi-vis and safety boots.

“The children then used role play to bring Booksy’s story to life and with one child in each group in the role of site manager, they created imagination dens,” said Jude.

“They were very enthusiastic and joined in brilliantly.”

Miss Bradshaw, head teacher at St Mark’s Primary Catholic School said: ‘The children thoroughly enjoyed the session and really enjoyed the practical activity of building an imagination den.”

Amy Bates, area sales manager at Redrow Lancashire, added: “We’ve supported Builder Book UK previously, but this was the first workshop we’ve hosted with the team. It was a great event, and the pupils were very eager to get involved.

“Thank you to Miss Bradshaw and all the teaching staff for letting us visit.”

The East of Halewood development includes the delivery of approximately 1,300 high quality new homes, green open space improvements and investment in infrastructure and local services.