Solar-powered lights for prehistoric project

23/09/2011
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has paid a visit to a prehistoric project at a Sheffield school which has involved the creation of a replica Iron Age round house.

The Deputy Prime Minister was at St Wilfrid’s RC Primary in Millhouses to officially open the house which was built with help from volunteers from Heeley City Farm and Sheffield University.

The round house is already being used by pupils as an outdoor classroom for their environmental studies, although lighting is currently a problem as the building does not have any windows.

“We’re looking at installing small solar-powered lights so the atmosphere of the round house is maintained,” said head teacher Barbara Jarrett.

“The work was only just completed before Nick arrived but he was very impressed with what he saw - he said they didn’t do things like this when he was at school.

 “It’s been a brilliant project and we are expanding our environmental work with our refurbished school pond and a forest school project,” she added.

Every child in the school was involved in the building work - getting messy creating daub for the walls from clay, straw, water and sand.”

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