Pathway for Years 5 & 6
Architecture, Drawing, Sketchbooks
That architects have a responsibility to design buildings which help make our world a better place, including thinking about the environmental impact of the buildings they design.
That we can make creative choices which both serves ourselves as individuals and the communities we belong to.
That we can use form, structure, materials, and scale to design innovative buildings.
That we can build architectural models to test out our ideas and share our vision.
In this pathway children are opened to the idea that artists and designers have responsibilities, in the case of architects to design homes that help us have a brighter future. Children discuss as a class if it is best to design aspirational homes which make us feel good to live in, or tiny homes which benefit the environment. Or perhaps we can do both?
Children explore the work of architects and individual builder/designers, and use sketchbooks and drawing to collect, process and reflect upon ideas.
Children then go on to build an architectural model of their aspirational home or tiny house, before sharing as a class to see the village that has been made.
Foamboard, Ink, Card
Artists: Shoreditch Sketcher, Various Architects
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Geography: Opportunity to talk about issues surrounding climate change to inform the type of houses you make, and the materials you use.
History: Changes in Britain – How architecture has changed from your chosen civilisation topic. Design a bomb shelter inspired by WW2?
Maths: Measuring, 2D and 3D shapes, symmetry, angles.
PSHE: Responsibility to the planet, Collaboration, Peer Discussion.
I have explored domestic architecture which is aspirational and large, and I have explored the Tiny House movement. I can discuss with the class how both these ways of designing might affect our lives.
I can use my sketchbook to collect, record and reflect my ideas and thoughts.
I can make larger drawings working from still imagery, using various drawing techniques for fifteen or so minutes.
I can explore how line, form, structure, material, and scale are all used to make architecture interesting, and help the designer meet the design brief.
I can make an architectural model using the ‘design through making’ technique, using my sketchbook to help free my imagination.
I can present my work, reflect and share it with my classmates.
I can respond to the work of my classmates, sharing my thoughts about their work in relation to the architecture we looked at during the project.
I can photograph my work considering lighting, focus and composition.
I can make short films of my work giving a close-up tour of my architectural model.