Building Explorers After-School Club
The Building Explorers is a weekly after school club that takes place on site at Sir John Soane’s Museum. Every school year twenty children from three local schools; Christopher Hatton Primary, St Clement Dane’s CE Primary School, and St George the Martyr CE Primary School - attend the club, for the whole school year.
We focus on architecture and the built environment, covering subjects such as megastructures, the orders of classical architecture and mapping our city as well as other topics that the children suggest themselves. Each session employs a practical arts-based approach to learning, making concepts such as gothic revival architecture and scale drawing accessible for the children. Additionally, every term we take a trip to an exciting architectural landmark such as the Royal Courts of Justice, Tower Bridge and Crossrail.
At the club we aim to encourage the children to acquire skills for life, such as a vocational interest in architecture as well as improved design, literacy and numeracy skills. The children get the opportunity to make new friends and create their own works of art using media such as clay, cardboard and minibricks; with the club giving them the chance to hone their artistic skills in a creative and supportive environment.
Now heading into our fifth academic year we've really enjoyed building relationships with local schools and encouraging a new younger audience to visit the museum regularly.