Primary School Architecture

A cross-curricular resource

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Architecture is a fascinating topic that has rich cross-curricular connections for primary school children. This primary learning resource introduces the topic by exploring education buildings and their history. We begin by looking at Somerset House, the current home of The Courtauld, which was an important location for practical art and design education from 1780 to 1853. We then look at two case studies – a Victorian and a Modernist school – to introduce the background and ideas behind two of the most common types of school buildings in the UK.

This learning resource will enable you and your students to look closer at your own school building (who built it) and local history (who lived in your community years ago). There are also strong connections with Science (forces and materials) as we introduce some core principles of architecture, such as how buildings stand up, Maths (scale and measurement), and Art and Design. Each section provides suggested classroom activities to help you explore these new concepts and ideas with your students.

Key Stage 2 Curriculum links include: Art and Design, English, History, Physical Education, Science

Learning aims:

  • Gain an awareness of how architecture and design shape our daily lives
  • Discover the cultural and social history of schools in the UK
  • Appreciate and research local architectural heritage
  • Develop vocabulary for analysing buildings
  • Engage creatively with contemporary architectural practice and current issues
  • Think, draw and present ideas like an architect

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