Schools and Young People

NLA and The City Centre have launched a pioneering new programme for Schools and Young People to inspire the next generation about London’s built environment and the huge range of careers within it.

The programme promotes STEM careers in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Design and Urban Regeneration through sessions suitable for pupils in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Taught sessions are linked to the National Curriculum across Geography, History, Art, Engineering, Construction and Design and include hands-on practical challenges, as well as talks and tours with practitioners in London.

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Summer 2017 - Sessions are currently taking place at The City Centre in EC1 – click here for further details

From early 2017 there will be opportunities for schools to get involved in free pilot workshops at the NLA in WC1. Please contact Lettie McKie, Education Manager to find out more about how your school can get involved in this exciting programme.

We also offer extracurricular workshops for young people interested in architecture, engineering, construction and design.

Please contact Lettie McKie, Education Manager for further information and to book your visit.

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All school groups are welcome to visit the NLA for a free self-guided trip of our 1:2000 interactive scale model of London and exhibitions on the future of the city.

We also offer short introductory talks, covering London’s development over history, and the exciting new architecture and development which will shape its future. If planning to visit the New London Model, please give at least 2 weeks notice.

Self-guided visits to NLA are free. To book, please contact Lettie McKie, Education Manager.

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Model talks are a great addition to any day trip to London. The model reveals a fascinating glimpse into the future of the London’s skyline and enables pupils to see a panorama of the capital they can’t get at street level. We can accommodate groups of up to 30 pupils for 10 minute introductory talks which are free of charge. 

We can also arrange longer talks and tours of the area with one of our knowledgeable guides. If planning to visit the New London Model, please give at least 2 weeks notice.

Please contact Lettie McKie, Education Manager for more information. 

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All sessions are free and available on request during term time
Max class size 30 Students 

Art & Design
Design a Building in a Day
KS3 – 5
Pupils work with architects learning how to design and build architectural models. Students will be given a real life brief to complete such as ‘Design a new Skyscraper’. They will learn the techniques used by real architects to generate and pitch ideas, draw and refine designs and create their own building models using recycled materials. Sessions can include the basics of scale-drawing, model making and some of the maths involved in architectural design. 

Scale Drawing
KS4-5
Pupils work with architects learning how to create scale drawings of architectural designs. They will learn the techniques used by real architects to generate and pitch ideas as well as the basic maths needed to create scale drawings of their designs. By the end of the day pupils will have experienced drawing an elevation, floor plan and cross section of their own original building designs. 

Digital Design
KS3-5
Pupils spend a day working with architects learning how to use architectural design programme Sketch Up. They will get a demonstration alongside tuition in the basics of the programme. Set a real life brief they will work in groups to create their digital building designs before presenting their final ideas to the class. Full days only. 


Careers
Introduction to the Built Environment
KS3-5
Pupils spend a half day at NLA to introduce them to the concept of Built Environment careers. From Architects to Engineers, Urban Planners to Landscape designers many different people with different backgrounds, abilities, talents and interests help create our city, our places and our way of life. Working with professionals from across the industry pupils will take part in hands-on challenges such as model-making, building a bridge out of recycled materials or using 3D Digital design software (Sketch Up). This session can be extended to a full day by including a facilitated workplace visit to a local architectural practise or other property related company. 

 
Geography
Introduction to Geography GCSE
KS3
Beginning with an interactive model talk that introduces pupils to the concept of the Built Environment pupils will get a taste for GCSE geography with a carousel of activities inspired by London. From looking at historic maps to debating the pros and cons of tall buildings the half-day session includes a range of experiences designed to introduce them to the key geographical concepts, techniques and issues taught at GCSE. The day can be extended with a guided tour and field study of the local area in the afternoon. 

Please contact Lettie McKie, Education Manager for more information. 

 

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The City Centre celebrates inaugural Summer Academy

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The City Centre launched a new offer for 14-19 year olds this July with the Summer Academy: Think, Design, Make, pioneered to inspire the next generation of Architects and Engineers.

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