25 April 2017

Using buildings, places and structures as a teaching resource

By Engaging Places | 1 October 2014

Buildings, places, public spaces, streetscapes and structures all provide relevant and authentic learning experiences for your students, and can be used to create one lesson or a unit of lessons to enhance teaching and learning.

Photo of two students and a teacher in a building

Highbury Grove School students at the Royal Opera House © Michele Turriani

Using local buildings and places you can:

  • create cross-curricular links
  • develop students’ personal, learning and thinking skills
  • meet your school’s learning outside the classroom objectives
  • enhance students’ participation and motivation to learn.

Buildings in focus
This section will provide you with examples of how you can utilise and incorporate buildings, places, structures, and streetscapes from across England into teaching and learning.

In each example you will find:

  • a detailed description of the site
  • notable highlights
  • a short overview on the learning the can be gained from the example
  • practical teaching and learning activity ideas (for KS1 to KS4)
  • how to access the site
  • and where to find further information on the site and related topics.

Each example has been designed to be used in class or on-site, or ideas and activities can be adapted to focus on a similar building in your local area.

Photo of the Manchester Justice Centre building

Manchester Civil Justice Centre © David Millington Photography Ltd

Learn about:
30 St Mary Axe (the gherkin) (London)

Angel of the North (North East)

Bolsover Castle (East Midlands)

The British Museum (London)

The Cardboard Building (East England)

The Clifton Suspension Bridge(South West)

Dover Castle (South East)

The Deep (Yorkshire and Humber)

The De La Warr Pavilion (South East)

The Eden Project (South West)

Gateshead Millennium Bridge (North East)

Great Bow Yard eco-home development (South West)

Lilleshall Abbey (West Midlands)

Manchester Civil Justice Centre (North West)

The Sage Gateshead (North East)

Sheffield Peace Gardens (Yorkshire & the Humber)

St Pancras International (London)

Tilbury Fort (East England)

Whitby Abbey (Yorkshire and The Humber)

Witley Court (West Midlands)

New examples will be regularly updated to Engaging Places.


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