Pupils bury a piece of history and their ideas

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A TIME capsule buried by pupils documented a milestone in British history and their hopes for the future.

The children from Oakley Vale Primary School in Corby, buried the capsule at the new Vale Meadows development off Aintree Road, which is being built by Jelson Homes.

Items buried in the time capsule included a prospectus for Oakley Vale Primary School, information about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics and their predictions for the future, including flying cars and pens which do homework by themselves.

They also included letters and cards. The 14 youngsters aged from six to 10, who were selected from the school council, arrived at the site with a box full of items ready to be put inside the time capsule.

However, before it was buried, Dennis Burton, health and safety manager at Jelson Homes, warned the children about the risks involved in straying onto a construction site.

Oakley Vale School teacher Nicky Boyden-Jones said: “The information on safety around development sites will be valuable for the children, especially when they go back to their year groups and feed back what they have learned.

“Burying the time capsule created an exciting and educational experience too. The children had great fun creating letters and drawings to be unveiled in the future.”

As well as giving out a safety warning, Mr Burton also demonstrated the safety clothing worn on building sites, and pupils had great fun trying on the hard hats and ear-defenders.

He said: “With half-term holidays fast approaching, I think that the importance of staying away from construction sites is a really vital message for the children to be told about. Combined with the burying of the capsule, I think the pupils had a great time – especially when they got their hands dirty.

“As a developer, forging links with the local community is very important, and we were pleased to be able to involve Oakley Vale School in this activity.”

The school is just up the road from the Vale Meadows development which includes a selection of two and three bedroom semi-detached and mews-style properties, as well as three and four-bedroom detached homes.