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Architecture Workshops – EYFS & Key Stage One Workshops

Using simple materials Architecture Workshops enable students to create complex structures that reveal the nature of the built environment. Inspiring them to have a better understanding not only of the built environment, but in all matters of 3-dimensional design. Workshops begin with students being introduced to mathematical terms and ideas that will assist in their construction. The only materials used in the, most part, are wooden dowel and rubber bands. It is the structural knowledge of the presenters that is key to the content that will inspire students to transform these simple materials into complex structural forms.

Teachers shy away from large 3-dimensional projects because they are either cost prohibitive or due to lack of space. Our structures are all temporary, being dismantled by the students, as part of the workshop, to be used by the next group of students and to instil an awareness in the students that it is what they take from the experience that counts, of working together to create something memorable.   

Thus, is it not just the finished structure that is the important part of the workshops, but the processes the students experience during the workshop. These processes can be summed up by the acronym STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Art & Mathematics), which is the buzz acronym of the moment. It found its way across the pond from America, where we first heard the term about 10 years ago when delivering workshops to some rural New Jersey schools. So, it’s not new to us nor our workshops because all are workshops contain all the STEAM elements, to differing degrees. Be they Architectural reconstructions; Stonehenge, Egyptian Pyramids, The Pantheon, The Globe Theatre, Taj Mahal, Crystal Palace, Viking Longship, or Problem-Solving activities like Bridges, Shelters or Skyscrapers or mathematical workshops like Geodesic Domes, Ferris Wheel or Millennium Bridges.

Workshops need to take place in the school dining hall, gym or sports hall. The structures are dismantled as part of the workshop experience, so we are able to be out of dining halls in time for the catering staff to put out tables. Photographs are permitted of the workshops, so please ensure batteries in your cameras are fully charged.

We can design a bespoke workshop to fit in with your school topic. These often become workshops we then offer to other schools, so there is no development fee. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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