Mosque Design

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Religion & Philosophy


Students will explore various mosque images, their features and collaborate to build their own M:EE version.

avatar Submitted By: Gill Dow

July 12, 2018

Learning Objectives

  • New National Curriculum of England - Religious and Moral Education; KS2: Learning about at least two other religions and/or worldviews, focusing on the way in which beliefs, practices and ways of life link together, recognising diversity of interpretation.
  • New National Curriculum of England - Design and Technology; KS2: Design •use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups •generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
  • New National Curriculum of England - Design and Technology; KS2: Make •accurately select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities
  • New National Curriculum of England - Design and Technology; KS2: Evaluate •investigate and analyse a range of existing products •evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work

Guiding Ideas

Introduce the class to an array of images of internal and external mosques, depicting the various features including minaret, dome, mihrab, minbar, prayer hall, wudu.  Discuss the similarities and differences between the different images/designs.

Also a good opportunity to discuss what happens in a mosque, why people visit there and what a Muslim does in order to pray.

Ask the students what materials they think the different features of the mosques might use.

Provide a design sheet for students to generate their ideas and plan their design.

Works well in small groups/pairs to encourage collaboration and effective communication.

Student Activities

Based on the input, in essence, students are to plan, design and build their own mosque in a Blocks of Grass World.  There are various ways to modify and adapt depending on the age group/desired outcomes:

  • Design and Technology/Maths - For older students, the teacher may wish to set a brief, i.e. the mosque must have a perimeter of X blocks or the mosque must be built using at least 3 different materials.
  • Design and Technology - Export the mosques for construction using a 3D printer for a physical class display.
  • English - Younger students could label the parts of the mosque or the materials used using signs.
  • English - Older students could take photographs of their creation at the various stages and caption for instruction writing.
  • Religious Ed - Students could add research collated about mosques on chalkboards to demonstrate their understanding.
  • Students can peer feedback on each other's design by adding a chalkboard to write their comments and suggestions for improvement.

Performance Expectations

  • All students will plan, design and build a mosque.
  • All students will develop their creativity, collaboration and communication skills.
  • All students will develop their understanding of what a mosque looks like and the purpose of the buildings.
  • All students will be able to evaluate their final designs and offer suggestions on how to improve.


  • Project Based Learning

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