Observation and curiousity

Working from observation and curiosity gives children opportunities to:

  • Look at natural and manufactured structures analytically, critically and appreciatively
  • Develop sensitivity to underlying form in the environment
  • Develop an understanding of how artists and architects organise spaces and adapt this to their own needs

Exploring structure in nature and in the work of artists, architects and craftspeople from their own and other traditions and times will help to raise their consciousness of spatial organisation as well as helping to imbue in them a sense of wonder and appreciation of nature and art.

Close observation helps to stimulate ideas for construction activities. Classrooms should therefore display stimulating collections of toys, games, boxes and other artefacts with interesting structures and should have a selection of slides or prints for reference.