PSHE KS1 / KS2: Proud to be an architect

Schoolgirl Jenna interviews architect Arthur Timothy at Hay's Galleria in London - a building he designed.

We hear how his combined love of art and history led him to become an architect.

We see an animated timeline of the history of architecture, including Christopher Wren and the redesign of London after the Great Fire of 1666.

We also hear how architect IM Pei was commissioned to rebuild the grand entrance to the Louvre in Paris – and chose to create an enormous glass pyramid.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 1

History - Helps address the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some could be used to compare aspects of life in different periods.

As part of the study in History of events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally, the children will have probably looked at the Great Fire of London, so they could follow up with a study of Sir Christopher Wren, noticing how they can use the range of historical sources of information as seen such as the statue, building, plans etc.

Maths – look at and name the different solid or 3 dimensional shapes in buildings.

Science – through play and building with bricks or other modelling materials, investigate the scientific principles of buildings and bridges. How do they stay up and not fall down? How can we make the structures stronger? Which materials are used and why?

Key Stage 2

History/ Art and Design – as part of their chronological study, it would be good to use this as a starting point to show how the designs of buildings have changed through time and how computers have made a difference.

Geography – locate some of the world’s most stunning buildings now and in the past on maps. There is a global map included as a starting point.

Maths – consider the narration: how and why Maths is important in the design of buildings. Collect Mathematical data on the size of buildings selected for the Geography activity above.

Design and Technology link - They could produce a simple fold out book based on a square-based pyramid to show the three different periods of history, in line with the images on the timeline and the design of the Louvre, but also include their own design idea for a building in the future, following up the final comments of the film. Like the architect, I. M. Pei, they could think of the limitations of a current building and show how they could improve the design of the building to meet current demand or issues.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching PSHE, History and Modern Studies (careers) at KS1 and KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.