New Architecture Lessons at Primary School

In the office we are interested to hear that a recent study, commissioned by the government, has suggested children should be taught about architecture in Primary school. The idea is to teach lessons in den-building to encourage an understanding of the world in which we live.

The architect Sir Terry Farrell recently released his review and believes ‘Architecture and the built environment should be taught as early as possible in school education’ and through many different subjects. Arguing in the Independent that it is a ‘fundamental problem’ that the built environment is ‘not being sufficiently taught about in our schools.’

The suggested den-building lessons are described as a way of helping children to understand the built environment and part of a “major cultural change that is needed to make proactive planning and high-quality design a normal and accepted part of our society,” the study said.

Ed Vaizey, who commissioned the review, stated: “We all know that good design builds communities, creates quality of life and makes places better for people to live, work and play in.”

A Department for Education spokesman was quoted by the Independent as saying: “Architecture is covered in the new art-and-design curriculum, which will be compulsory in all maintained schools from this September.”

What do you think of this new addition to the curriculum?

See more information on this from the Independent.