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					Space and Character
Spaces can unlock pupils’ imaginations. This lesson will help pupils foster their imagination through exploring imaginary characters to inhabit different spaces.

Age Range

This lesson is suitable for key stages 2 and 3.

Curriculum Links
The pupils will be supported to develop good relationships and learn to respect differences between people. This kind of workshop also supports pupils to develop confidence and responsibility The pupils will explore and develop ideas, create their own art pieces and learn to evaluate and develop their own work. The pupils will practice speaking, listening, reading and writing. There is opportunity for this to be a good exercise for developing writing style and expanding vocabulary. The pupils will explore the relationship people have to their environment and why.

- PSHE

- Art and Design - English

- Geography

Resources
- A1 paper - A variety of drawing materials, such as charcoal, paint, colouring pencils or pastels

Lesson Description
Beginning Ask the pupils, in groups of around 4/5, to pick a space in their school, inside or outside. Ask the groups to draw some imaginary characters who visit the space once the pupils and teachers have gone home. Let the pupils know that they can be really imaginative with this. Middle Each group selects one person to draw around. Lay sheets of paper on the floor. One pupil will lay on the paper as another draws around his or her body. Explain that the pose they select should reveal something about what the imaginary character may do when they visit the space. It may be useful to get the pupils to do some quick freeze frames before they select a pose. The pupils will then fill the body outline with notes and drawings to show what the character may be doing in the space and how the character may be feeling. You may want to focus upon an area which is particular to your subject, for example, if the intention is to develop vocabulary then the focus can be shifted to exploring writing. End The pupils can talk about the character they have created in the space they imagine their character to inhabit. You can prompt the pupils to make connections between the qualities of the character and the qualities of the space.

Buildings are Alive!
Buildings take all kinds of forms. This lessons helps pupils to explore the form of buildings. They will learn about materials, structures, different spatial dimensions and geometry by turning building forms into animals.

Age Range
This lesson is suitable for key stages 1, 2 and 3.

Curriculum Links
The pupils will explore and develop ideas, create their own art pieces and learn to evaluate and develop their own work. The pupils will practice speaking, listening, reading and writing. The pupils will explore the relationship people have to their environment and why. The children will develop an understanding of the design decisions made by architects. The children will investigate materials and properties. The pupils will learn about shape, space and measurements.

- Art and Design - English

- Geography

- Design and Technology - Science

- Maths

Resources
- Tracing paper and drawing equipment - Images of different buildings - Plasticine and matchsticks

Lesson Description

Beginning Show some pictures of buildings in front of the class. Ask the pupils to think about what animals they can see in the form of the building. You can prompt them to think about the materials and other features of the image that may relate to an animal, for example some buildings can look like they have the scales of a fish. Middle Each pupil selects a picture of a building. They lay a sheet of trace over the image. They will draw the animal that they can see in the picture. KS1 groups are particularly good at doing this. When they have finished, the pupils can create their animal using Plasticine and matchsticks. Through doing so they are learning about translating 2D information into a 3D model. End The pupils can show their creations to the rest of the class and explain why they chose to morph their building into the animal they did.

How our School Works
The school building is a wonderful resource for learning and yet it is rarely used in this way. In this lesson children explore their school to find out how a building works and they will cover many areas of the curriculum along the way.

Age Range
This lesson is suitable for key stage 3.

Curriculum Links
The pupils will use their school building to evaluate design processes and products. The pupils will practice speaking, listening, reading and writing. The pupils will learn about geographical enquiry, they will develop their knowledge and understanding of places and processes. This lesson can be an opportunity to explore sustainable design and understand the impact buildings can have upon environmental change. The pupils are likely to understand more about the responsibility they have in the ways they use buildings to limit the buildings environmental impact.

- Design and technology

- English

- Geography

- Citizenship

Resources
- Clipboards and paper - Pens and pencils - Maps of the school

- String and masking tape

Lesson Description
Beginning Have a discussion with the whole class about useful questions to answer in order to have a greater understanding of how the school works. A list of around 10 should be sufficient. These will probably include things like, how does our school heat up, how does air get into the school, how does our school get power, etc. Middle In pairs, the pupils will be given a clipboard, a pen and a map of their school. They will decide upon a question they want to find an answer to. They will write this question at the top of their piece of paper. The pupils mission is to explore their school grounds, both indoors and outdoors, to find the answer to their question. They will probably find more than one answer to their question. They should search for as many answers as they can find. The pupils will draw their answer. This gets them to really look at the different spaces in their school. They will mark on their map, with an X, where they found the answer. End The pupils will bring their answers back to the classroom. They will link their answers to a map of the school using string and tape. The pupils will create a lovely piece of work, with a lot of information. This can be put on display in the classroom. This map can be used to discuss how sustainable they think the school building is and why.


				
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