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Famous Buildings

£12.00
SKU A34CS40130
Key Stage 2 Art and Design Art Year 3 Year 4

Your class will never look at buildings the same way again after this 'Famous Buildings' scheme of work for Year 3/4! They will investigate a variety of the world's most famous buildings, thinking about what makes a building aesthetically pleasing and exploring how architectural styles change over time. Of course, there are plenty of hands-on and creative activities for them to do too and the opportunity to recreate famous buildings in a variety of ways.

 
#TheCompleteSeries6lessons

With lesson plans, slides, activity ideas, differentiated worksheets, picture cards, challenges and much more, these 'Famous Buildings' lessons contain all you need to turn your class into creative and inspired architects!

#Lesson1ComparingBuildings

The first lesson in this series gives your children a general overview of the role of an architect, before exploring a range of famous buildings from around the world. Your class will discuss which building they think looks best and why, and think about why their opinions may differ.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Picture cards
#Lesson2StPaulsCathedral

This lesson takes a close look at one of Britain's most famous buildings and most famous architects. They will find out who Sir Christopher Wren was and what he achieved during his lifetime before looking at arguably his most famous design, St Paul's Cathedral. They can then either help restore his original design (a great way to practise detailed drawings) or study and sketch some of the features of the cathedral.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Picture sheet
#Lesson3StBasilsCathedral

No, they are not looking at the set of a Disney movie…they are looking at one of the most colourful and unusual buildings in the world! St Basil's Cathedral attracts millions of visitors every year with its weird and wonderful shapes and colours. Your class can explore the cathedral and recreate it using a choice of techniques in this lesson, making decisions about which colours and patterns they want to use.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Two cathedral outlines
  • Challenge cards
#Lesson4TheTajMahal

This lesson focuses on the Taj Mahal, looking specifically at its symmetrical design. Your children will identify lines of symmetry within the facade of the buildings, as well as in the building's reflection in the pool's water, before creating their own symmetrical Taj Mahal masterpiece!

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Picture card
  • Half Taj Mahal card
  • Taj Mahal outline
#Lesson5SydneyOperaHouse

This lesson looks at a more modern building - the Sydney Opera House. Your class will find out about the lucky winner of a competition who became the architect of one of the world's most recognisable buildings. They will then go on to create their own collage of the Sydney Opera House, using the hints on the slides as a starting point. Alternatively, they can design their own light projection for the Vivid Sydney light festival!

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Two sets of picture cards
  • Sydney Opera House template
#Lesson6BecomingArchitects

The final lesson in this series allows your children to draw on everything they have found out about architecture and a variety of building designs to design their own building for a particular purpose. Focusing on the exterior aesthetics, your class could design a new vet centre, palace, aquarium or any other type of building they feel inspired to dream up, thinking about colour, line, shape and features.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Design brief cards
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Curriculum Objectives covered
  • KS2 - to create sketch books to record their observations
  • KS2 - use sketchbooks to review and revisit ideas
  • KS2 - to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing with a range of materials
  • KS2 - to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including painting with a range of materials
  • KS2 - about great architects in history
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