‘Mindful and relaxing’ – pupils feel calming effects of careers enrichment

8th December 2020

Year 7 pupils at Oasis Academy Southbank have completed a new programme of careers enrichment using new content created for Build Studios by the Museum of Architecture.

The enrichment looked at concepts of perspective, pattern, colour and shape to explore the key skills needed by architects to design buildings.

Through a combination of lively presentations and practical tasks, the pupils were shown different routes into careers in the built environment. Further inspiration was provided through ‘real life’ career stories, pre-recorded by members of the Build Studios community.

The pupils particularly enjoyed the sessions on colour and pattern, commenting that they found the sessions ‘mindful and relaxing’. For the class teachers, who worked so hard to keep the sessions running through periods of self-isolation and timetable changes, this was an added benefit for the pupils in the midst of considerable disruption relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Jamie Thomas, the enrichment lead for built environment at the school said: ‘ I’m glad they’ve been able to experience so much joy from this half term’s content.’

After Christmas, new content will be piloted with a different cohort of pupils on skills and careers in property development and planning.

The sessions have been generously funded by the Walcot Foundation.