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Pupils study World Heritage architecture

Pupils from St Thomas of Aquins High School have been investigating the architecture of the Old and New Towns, as part of a new cross-curricular project with Edinburgh World Heritage.

Mar 11, 2010

The project, called LOOKING uP!, is part of the Scottish Government's 'Rich Task' initiative, promoting learning outside the normal curriculum and across several different disciplines including history, craft, design and technology. Two groups of first year students have already finished the 5-week programme, and two more will complete it by March 2010.

Jenny Payne, art and craft teacher said: “I have been very impressed with the pupil’s enthusiasm for the project and they have all learned to appreciate what an amazing and unique city they are living in. By simply LOOKING uP! you realise what you walk past every day.”

The programme starts with a tour of Old Town and a visit to No.5 Charlotte Square, where pupils learn about the contrasting styles of architecture in the Old and New Towns.  Using this research as inspiration, the pupils then move on to design a new building in either an Old Town or New Town context. A talk from an architect provides further insight into the design process, and also invites pupils to consider a career in architecture.

The programme concludes with an awards ceremony, where the pupils present their designs to an invited audience of parents and friends.

History teacher Katie Hunter said, “The support shown by EWH has been consistently above and beyond our expectations of what an outside agency could provide a Rich Task. The pupils have loved having expert input into their projects and it really gives a boost to the value they place on their learning.”

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