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Living Paintings

Brilliant Buildings: your guide to amazing architecture

Suitable for: 11-14 years (Key stage 3), Teenagers (Key stage 4), Teachers

In this fact book these buildings chart the stepping stones of architecture and capture the history, society and the stories of people who lived, worked or worshiped in them. Each building opens the door to talking about related Teen Trend topics that inspire make and do activities, such as designing your own house; making an interior decorating mood board; how to reduce your carbon footprint; visiting architectural landmarks, immersing yourself in 18th century literature and even 17th century style bread making. This fact book may support subjects in the National Curriculum and could be used as an educational resource in class. Also good for home-schooling, homework-help, project work, independent learning and reading for pleasure.

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Now imagine you are a soldier in a French army about to storm Bodiam Castle. If you can capture it, French boats will be able to sail right past it, along the River Rother and into the heart of England. Yet, even as your boat moored on the riverbank, from a high tower the Knight's soldiers have been watching you for some time. Some armies entered the castle by tunnelling beneath their massive walls. Can your army do this? No, even if you drained the moat at night, under the cover of darkness, there would still be 3 feet of slippery mud to cross. But, there is a bridge on the other side of the castle. It is a long way and arrows begin to rain down as you CHARGE!

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An Activity Pack, with contents list, suggestions for fun things to do and more.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

The Basics of Building
Bodiam Castle
St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
Bayleaf Farmstead
Hardwick Hall
The Custom House, Exeter
Chiswick House
University MuseumOxford
Standen House

What our members say

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Really appreciated This pack was really appreciated by the pupils. They previously had little or no concept of the scale, materials, design etc. of large buildings. They love hearing about the history too. Dorothy
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