Lesson plans

Lesson plan: Focus on architecture

Learning objectives

This lesson is designed for secondary school students in years 7-13. It's designed to be approximately 60 minutes although it features extension tasks. 

Lesson objective: To understand what a career in architecture may involve or look like


  • To understand the different jobs and day to day work of different architecture roles
  • To identify key skills and knowledge required by architects to do their job
  • To compare students’ own skills and interests with those required for different roles within architecture

Curriculum links:

Literacy: Using professional terminology e.g., pitch in discussions. Using persuasive language and communicating ideas clearly and concisely.

Numeracy: Contextualising statistics

Design: Responding to a specification, designing an appropriate solution, and evaluating the final design.

Gatsby benchmarks:

Benchmark 2 - Learning from career and labour market information.

Benchmark 3 - Addressing the needs of each pupil.

Benchmark 4 - Linking curriculum learning to careers

Lesson planner, slides and accompanying worksheets

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