Educational Approach

The Our Hut educational approach has creative learning at its core. Our aim is to build knowledge and curiosity about the built environment; to develop skills, including language as well as design; and to engender a creative mind-set. We use a range of techniques that are designed to engage and increase confidence levels in a subject area that isn't taught in schools but that we all experience in our daily lives.

The educational element of all our projects include a trip, to get participants to look up, discuss and engage with the built environment in a variety of ways that link to different areas of the curriculum - history, geography, science and maths. From there we build on developing further observational skills including drawing and contextual and historical knowledge. Finally there will be a creative design response and model-making. The model-making element provides opportunities for group work when all sorts of meta-learning can take place such as listening to others, problem solving, resilience and learning to use resources both human and physical.

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Simply wonderful - as a teacher I have really enjoyed every second of the project. Every child has been fully engaged. I would very happily work with Our Hut again.

Neil Moorcroft, Herbert Morrison Primary School
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Our Hut is experienced in providing Continued Professional Development (CPD) training as one-off sessions or whole INSET days, or a series of workshops. The session(s) is designed to support your staff's creative approach and planning, providing a deeper understanding of how architecture and the built environment can be linked to all areas of the curriculum: maths, science, literacy, history and local area studies as well as design and technology.

The focus of our teacher CPD ranges from specific skill development, especially around 3D model making, to providing practical tool kits of lesson plans and Powerpoints to take away. Depending on who they are for CPD sessions are either linked closely to an existing project or could take a more general theme such as mapping or how to use the built environment as a teaching resource.

Feedback following NQT (ECT) training sessions included the following:

Denis O' Regan, the head teacher at St James the Great was pleased that the existence of the online resource meant that cross curricular learning about Peckham and visiting the locality would be easier to embed in the school curriculum throughout the primary phase:

“Everyone I spoke to found it useful and had a definite idea as to how they would be able to take something from the session into their own practice.”

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Schools we have worked with

Primary Schools

Allen Edwards,Stockwell, SW4 6RP
Albert Salter,Rotherhithe, SE16 7LP
Ashmole,Oval, SW8 1NT
Belham,Peckham, SE15 4DG
Bellenden,Peckham, SE15 4JP
Charlotte Sharman,Kennington, SE11 4SN
Corpus Christi,Brixton, SW2 5BL
Friars,Southwark, SE1 0RF
Heathbrook,Nine Elms, SW8 3EH
Herbert Morrison,Stockwell, SW8 2HP
Hillmead,Brixton, SW9 8UE
Hitherfield,Streatham, SW16 2JQ
James Dixon,Anerley, SE20 8BW
John Donne,Peckham, SE15 2SW
John Ruskin,Kennington, SE5 0PQ
Kensington Prep School (GDST),Kensington, SW6 5PA
Larkhall,Stockwell, SW4 6PH
Macaulay CE,Clapham, SW4 0NU
Millfields,Lower Clapton, E5 0SH
Rockmount,Gypsy Hill, SE19 3ST
St Andrew’s,Stockwell, SW9 9DE
St Stephen’s,Stockwell, SW8 1EJ
St James the Great,Peckham, SE15 5LP
St John and St Clement’s,Peckham, SE15 4DY
Stockwell,Stockwell, SW9 9TG
Surrey Square,Surrey Square, SE17 2JY
The Reay,Vassal, SW9 0EN
Wyvil,Vauxhall, SW8 2TJ

Secondary Schools

Bishop Challoner,Bromley, BR2 0BS
Blackheath High School (GDST),N/A, SE3 7AG
Bromley High School (GDST),N/A, BR1 2TW
Evelyn Grace Academy,Brixton, SE24 0QN
Graveney,Tooting, SW17 9BU
Kensington Prep School (GDST),Kensington, SW6 5PA
Lambeth Academy,Lambeth, SW4 9ET
Sydenham Girls School,N/A, SE26 4RD
Wimbledon High School (GDST),N/A, SW19 4AB