Manorfield Primary creates ‘Celebration City’ for Architecture in Schools programme

LOM is proud to support Open City’s Architecture in Schools programme for the sixth time.

Open City’s Architecture in Schools programme is a yearly highlight for the LOM team. This year we spent time with Key Stage Two pupils from Manorfield Primary School in Poplar, demonstrating how architecture informs the world around us and inspiring the next generation of city-shapers.

The theme was ‘Celebration City’, encouraging the children to consider what they like to celebrate and how this could influence the urban landscape.

The LOM team included Ana, Charlie, Ishan, Joyce, Maliha, Morgan, Paloma, Peter and Rachel. They partnered with Year 5 children from Ms. Simmon’s Tokyo class. Together they visited the Museum of London Docklands where the children discovered how it was built and how the building has been used over time.

Maliha Haque, associate at LOM said: “It was a wonderful experience to work with Tokyo class, it was a great insight into each pupil’s mind into how they view their city, and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to engage creatively with them.

Back at the school, LOM held two workshops with the children to design and create a model of their Celebration City. Everyone got really hands on with the task and created a fantastic display comprised of places to live, eat, play, exercise, work/learn and experience culture.

Peter Loader, architectural assistant at LOM said: “In Tokyo class we found a bubbling pool of enthusiasm and talent. Every child approached their tasks differently, but each had a unique and creative view to how to shape their ideal world. There’s no doubt that with the right encouragement any one of them could make an excellent designer one day.”

“We had a fabulous time researching, planning, making and evaluating our structures that we created for our celebration city. We learnt so much from our architects and made some amazing structures with their guidance. Thank you so much!”

Ms Hanna Simmons, Manorfield Primary School

To wrap up the programme, the children’s work was put forward for the Architecture in Schools Awards. We are delighted to announce that Manorfield Primary School won first prize for ‘Best Class Effort’. This fantastic achievement was recognised at the award ceremony on 3rd December.

Manorfield Primary School won the 'Best Class Effort' Award for their city model

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