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interactive activity designed to introduce the children to the type of work carried out by RCAHMS

Introductory Activity

The first day of each workshop began with some interactive activities designed to introduce the children to the type of work carried out by RCAHMS and to some of the different places of worship that can be found in their area. Working with an RCAHMS Surveyor, they identified and drew / sketched the key shapes and features found in Churches, Synagogues and Mosques as well as looking at the colours, overall style and date range of these different buildings.

Generic Learning Outcomes
  • Knowledge & Understanding
  • Attitudes & Values
  • Enjoyment, Inspiration, Creativity
Learning Outcomes
  • Understanding the role of RCAHMS- Children displayed a positive attitude towards RCAHMS and recognised its importance
  • Knowledge of different places of worship and their architectural styles
  • Enjoying carrying out a new type of drawing exercise

Examination of Archive Material

Following their introduction, the children explored some of the collection material brought along to the workshop from RCAHMS. Historic drawings, books and photographs of Glasgow Cathedral were shown in contrast to modern photographs of Garnethill Synagogue and Glasgow Central Mosque. These helped the children to understand about the history and more recent developments in the construction of places of worship in Scotland.

Generic Learning Outcomes
  • Knowledge & Understanding
  • Activity, Behaviour and Progression
Learning Outcomes
  • Understanding archive material, how to use and interpret it- Children expressed a desire to visit RCAHMS in the future to see more drawings and photographs
  • Increased awareness of places of worship in Scotland

"I learned that RCAHMS is a company that records information on anything man-made in Scotland. They record by drawing and taking pictures of it. They keep it in their archive"

- Erin, age 11

The Field Trip

To allow the participants to experience different places of worship first hand, the children took part in a visit to Garnethill Synagogue and Glasgow Cathedral. Guided tours of the buildings provided the youngsters with the chance to ask questions and find out the names and purposes of various features of the buildings. The children were also encouraged to make sketches and take photographs of features that they had learned about during the workshop, in order to help them design their own place of worship.

Generic Learning Outcomes
  • Skills
  • Activity, Behaviour, Progression
Learning Outcomes
  • New skills in on-site recording
  • Making a connection between the features they learned about in their introductory activities and the real buildings
  • Asking questions of the tour guides and displaying a increased interest in the buildings as a result of experiencing them first hand

Model and Print Making

Following their introductory activities, the children were then challenged to use their knowledge to design and build their own place of worship. The classes were split into groups with each designing a Cathedral, a Synagogue or a Mosque. Each group was provided with a base, a supply of cardboard packaging and a selection of paints with which to complete their model. They were also asked to create a ‘research board’, which would show the development of their ideas. On completing their models, the children worked with the artist to make a series of mono and press prints which reflect the shapes and colours used in both the interior and exterior the different places of worship.

Generic Learning Outcomes
  • Skills
  • Enjoyment, Inspiration, Creativity
Learning Outcomes
  • Developing skills in design, model and print-making
  • Being able to apply the knowledge gained throughout the workshop to their designs
  • Experimenting freely with their individual and collective creativity

"I was very impressed with the specialist terminology the children took in and fed back to us. The models were all excellent and on a big scale."

- John, RCAHMS Measured Survey Manager

Event

On the evening of Friday 1st February, parents, friends and teachers were invited to a display and presentation of the children’s work. The guests were given the opportunity to browse the models, prints and drawings and then each group was invited to present their model and research board to the assembled audience. Each participant was presented with a Certificate of Achievement.

Generic Learning Outcomes
  • Skills
  • Attitudes & Values
  • Activity, Behaviour Progression
Learning Outcomes
  • Developing presentation skills
  • Increased confidence and belief in their own abilities
  • Intention to further explore the topics and try other new activities

Further Development

The children are currently working on a class-based project to learn about Judaism and are able to use their experiences from the workshop to contribute to this. The children have also each completed a piece of Personal Writing based on their visits to the Cathedral and Synagogue.

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