‘Even a brick wants to be something’
It’s that time of year where GCSE’s have taken front seat, yet there’s always time for some sharing of Schemes or Work. It’s my present to you in the mist of all the GCSE chasing and sweating to get coursework in to meet deadlines.
This Scheme of work was created with the help of Demian Erbar who runs a Architecture firm in the City. I met him through The Royal Institute of British Architects, when I visited an event they hosted for a pilot program they were running, which was linking Architects with schools. The time Demian put in was priceless and he directly influenced a scheme of work I implemented this year to aid more creative outputs for year 9. The benefit of an Architectural project is the freedom for iterative design it gives pupils and the level of creative direction they have over the project. To often we prescribe it, but the beauty of spatial design is that the options are endless and the student can gain full ownership over their ideas.
Scheme of work: Yr9_Architecture
Lesson by lesson plans to accompany SOW: SpatialDesignLessons
Booklets to Scheme of work: BookletArchitecture
- Thinking like a Architect: RIBA Schools Programme_First Draft_160518
- Original brief: Mortlake Brewery_RIBA Schools Programme_DRAFT_160614
- Site Trip Activity: SiteTripActivity
During the SOW there is chance to get pupils using different materials to model with, getting them to experiment. I always try to encourage pupils to collect packaging/materials from home to bring in to add textures to their work. This project allows them to practice basic modelling skills that can lack in upper years when they haven’t had the chance to explore as much.
Plasticine: great for generation of models, getting the pupils to be less precious and a great opportunity for timing them on the activity to get them use to quick ideas generation.
Colored Card and paper: I give them 1 – 2 lessons to create initial and developed ideas using card. This again is to improve their speed at ideas generation and get them use to tight timescales. It’s also a way to show them that first models can be quickly created using simple bending, folding and scoring techniques. You could use acetate paper and sharpie pens to add aesthetic, as seen in the photo taken from the workshop my year 9’s did at RIBA.
Happy Half Term.