Architecture in Schools: Primary

Annual Architecture Programme for primary schools: Spring and Summer Term

Open-City, London’s architecture charity, will be running our exciting Architecture in Schools: Primary programme during the summer term for KS2. During our 2015 programme over 750 pupils from 19 London wide schools participated, partnering with over 60 architects and built environment professionals.

"It enabled all to make the link between 'learning in the classroom' and 'the world which surrounds us', regardless of ability or language barriers. Some of the children are now even thinking of a career in architecture and for children living in an official 'area of social deprivation' that is a real achievement! The children really enjoyed bringing their ideas and plans to life through this creative and thoroughly inspirational project.
Open-City really have helped to break down barriers and challenged the children to aim high. Keep up the good work!"
Valarie Beyoglu, Teacher, Lea Valley Primary Schools, 2014 & 2015 participant

Get Involved

For further information about the programme please contact Zoe Zotou or phone 0207 383 5722.

The programme:

Architecture in Schools: Primary is a comprehensive and packed programme for primary school students in years 4, 5 and 6. The programme focuses on D&T and art subjects plus a strand specifically for maths.

Open-City arranges and accompanies pupils and their teachers to visit an inspiring London building together with a built environment professional and a member of our education team who provide specialist knowledge and learning activities.

Visits are then followed up by creative classroom workshops with built environment professionals coming into the school, helping pupils develop their designs focusing on model making and drawing.
Finally, pupils enter the inter-school competition and at the awards ceremony winning pupils' models and designs are displayed and pupils, teachers and parents are invited to this event.

“I feel that my children learnt an appreciation, love and knowledge of their city they would otherwise take for granted.”
Year 5 teacher, July 2013

Programme Outline

Step 1:
Evening workshop for teachers and built environment professionals
Looking at how architecture can enhance the national curriculum and engage pupils

Step 2:
A building visit: one half day
Exploring one of London's exciting buildings - the visits are led by their partner architect or engineer and the building's representative, and supported by an Open-City Education team member. Open-City provide on-site activities and resources; architects are also encouraged to develop additional materials specific to their partner class.

Step 3:
Evening model-making training session
All teachers, architects and built environment professionals are invited to develop their model-making skills to use with pupils back in the class, in a hands-on workshop.

Step 4:
Classroom design development workshop: one half day
Architects and built environment professionals go into their partner schools and help pupils develop their ideas and prepare their competition entries. .

Step 5:
Awards competition, exhibition and prize-giving
At the end of the project, pupils are invited to submit their work to the Programme Awards competition. Winners will receive prizes, have their work exhibited at an awards reception and the overall winning school will have their scheme built. Awards are also given for Teacher of the Year, Architect of the Year and Education Volunteer of the Year.

“Great to be able to link to maths curriculum and refer to previous topics.”
Jan Wozniak, teacher at St Joseph's Primary School, 2014 participant

Contact Zoe Zotou or phone on 0207 383 5722 to find out further information.

Architecture in Schools Primary 2015

Last year's Architecture in Schools Primary programme was a great success with over 750 pupils taking part!

Congratulations and thank you to all the students, teachers, design professionals, building representatives and judges who participated in this years programme! To view the work and events of this years Architecture in Schools Primary programme, view the online Awards Programme click here.

“The children had clearly been inspired by their building visits and by working alongside built environment and design professionals had to think very carefully about the wide range of structures and forms they could use in their designs. The best projects were truly cross-curricular with a wide range of links made between science, geography, mathematics and design technology.
I’d like to congratulate all involved in the programme for helping to inspire the next generation to explore and engage with their environment.”

Dr Ayshea Craig, Lecturer in Primary Education, UCL Institute of Education, Architecture in Schools 2015 judge

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