Posts Tagged ‘Town planning’

At last the town planning project came to Rokeby and we rolled it out to the entire Year 7 cohort (180 boys) over two full morning sessions.

I started the project with an irreverent look at why town planning  is necessary involving a presentation showing the extremes of when town planning can go wrong eg: over crowded roads, disused facilities, airplanes skimming over houses etc.

Then the boys were put into mixed class groups and, three groups to a room, were tasked with planning their own town. They were asked to think about which buildings would work best together and which needed to be situated separately.

Although the main remit for the day was working in teams the boys came up with some great ideas for town plans and were able to talk about their decisions about inclusion and placement.

During the second day the school was being visited by a delegation connected with Newham Community Olympic Legacy Project who included none other than Dragons’ Den Deborah Meaden who is a London 2012 Sustainability Ambassador. They spent some time in with one of the groups and were seemingly impressed with the angle and engagement of the project and how the boys were tackling the issues.

The resultant model ‘sketches’ of the groups’ ideas will be on display during the last few weeks of term including parents’ evening.

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