PRIMARY school pupils have been given a lesson on safety at construction sites through the launch of a homebuilder's inaugural children's book.

Taylor Wimpey Manchester staff, including its mascots Milly Mortar and Handy Andy, visited Gilded Hollins Community School in Leigh to talk to children about its book How We Build Your Home which covers how people should stay safe around building sites.

There was also a colouring competition which gifted winners with book vouchers.

Head teacher at Gilded Hollins Community School Darran Nash said: “This was a lovely idea by Taylor Wimpey – all the children were delighted to take part in the competition.

“Our winners were thrilled with their vouchers and all the children have enjoyed reading their copy of ‘How We Build Your Home’, which is such a great way of explaining a complex topic for children.

"I would like to think it’s inspired quite a few to look at construction as a possible future career path."

The St Helens Road school is near to Taylor Wimpey’s Pennington Wharf development.

More than 3,000 books have been given to children across the country to mark the homebuilder's launch.

Sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester Chloe Dunn added: “We recognise how valuable it is for young children to enjoy reading and hope ‘How We Build Your Home’ will become a firm favourite with the kids.

“As well as explaining how new homes in the area are built, the book presents some important health and safety messages about how to stay safe around building sites.”