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Rokesly Junior School Children – The Architects of Tomorrow

Rokesly and Riba

Children in Year 5 at Rokesly Junior School Crouch End are taking part in an educational series of workshops this Autumn in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The workshops are linked to RIBA’s current Palladian exhibition. Architects from London firm Hawkins Brown have given up their time to volunteer with the project and work with the children.

The RIBA workshops are closely tied in with Year 5’s topic this term – Ancient Greece. It’s an exciting opportunity for the children and brings their topic to life, giving it a modern day relevance.

During this Autumn term the children will be working closely with architects from RIBA and Hawkins Brown. They will get an invaluable insight into the world of architecture, complete with a visit to the Palladianism exhibition and an opportunity to explore the RIBA building itself.

The children will be making models; learning about detail and embellishment, design challenges, client requirements and ultimately creating an Ancient Greek city in their school gym.

This project has cross-curricular links with other subject areas, such as physics and D&T (structures) and maths (proportion).

Fiona Macdonald from RIBA has been delighted with the project so far “The group from Hawkins Brown have been incredibly impressed with the children from Rokesly, their attitude and work, and are really enjoying working the school.”

Bola Soneye-Thomas, Headmistress at Rokesly Juniors said “As a school we aim to provide an environment that is purposeful, creative and dynamic, a place where children develop a thirst for learning that will stay with them throughout their lives.

This project supports our ethos, working with our wider community to equip our children with skills they need to succeed in the modern world. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to be working with RIBA and Hawkins Brown.”

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