Since 2000, more than 60 teachers have worked with architects to develop school-based projects in primary and secondary schools and sixth form colleges. Architectural projects have been used to cover both cross curriculum topics and core studies such as mathematics. To find out more, read the stories of some of the schools who have taken part.
Liz Cullen, Primary Teacher, Vittoria Primary School
Liz Cullen and her class worked with architect Jing Lu from Black Country Atelier. The project was to design and build a play-pod structure out of milk bottles. This took place in a series of four 3-hour sessions with Jing focusing on mathematics.
What attracted you to take part in Architects in Residence?
Education officer and Architect's enthusiasm.
What areas of maths did you use in the project?
Shape, space, scale and measure.
Which of these were new to your pupils?
What impact did you think the Architect had on your pupils?
Team work and seeing a purpose for Maths. Also seeing maths as cross curricular.
What was the best thing about the project?
Seeing class go through the process that an architect goes through.
What was it like to work with the architect? What value he or she add?
Fantastic. She spoke to the class about her job and their activities on a professional level and they respected that and respond well.
What did you learn from taking part in the project? Is there anything you will take to other lessons?
To use maths as construction. I'll feed back the main parts to the rest of school to use across all key stages.
Would you take part in Architects In Residence again?
Yes, would definitely recommend it! RIBA gave my class a chance to see maths has a purpose in the real world.