Urban spaces cross-curricular work: Art & Design

Lesson Resources

Published: 18th January 2011

Please note: these free resources pre-date the 2014 National Curriculum.

This is part of a set of subject areas also covering History, Science and Literacy.

See also Cross-curricular learning

Public spaces offer a range of opportunities for children's learning, and can enable children to investigate, observe, wonder, record and create.

The suggested activities in this section address many elements of the National Curriculum for Art & Design. They are flexible, so most are suitable for both key stage 1 and key stage 2 children. You can select from the ideas presented, and decide the right level of depth and complexity for the children in your class.

It is based around two key questions:

  • What is your area like now, and how is it used?
  • What might it be like in the future, and how might it be used?

These materials contain ideas for field work in urban spaces and public gardens. The materials were originally developed for primary schools in central London as part of the Gordon & Woburn Squares primary project, but can be used in most urban parks and gardens.

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