The 2012 Olympics put East London on the map. Traditionally, regarded as the West End’s poor neighbour, these days the East End is the latest tourist attraction in London. But, for geographers, East London has always had a lot to offer.
Here are some of Britain’s most diverse communities. Now, in their midst, is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, transforming the landscape of the Lea Valley and a ‘prototype’ for sustainable urban living. Next door is Westfield Stratford City, Europe’s largest urban shopping mall. Two miles further away is Docklands, still the largest urban regeneration project in the UK.
These places present great opportunities for inspirational geographical fieldwork. Schools use urban fieldwork to bring classroom geography to life, for data collection, to deepen students’ understanding, or simply for the city experience.
With the Olympics over, and the legacy begun, the opportunities for urban geography in East London can only grow. Many questions need to be answered:
Was it really the greenest Games ever?
Has East London been regenerated?
And, who were the real winners and losers?
a range of one-day programmes for secondary school geography, including Key Stage 3, GCSE, and AS/A2 Level. All of our programmes are run by experienced geography teachers with expert local knowledge. If none of our programmes suit you, we can design a programme to meet your requirements. We can also offer half-day programmes or extended programmes over two or three days. Please contact us.
What teachers say
“We thought John and Bob were great, fantastic with the students and really enthusiastic and focused on what we needed to get out of the day. I would certainly recommend this day to other teachers.”
Olivia Stanton, Woodhouse College
What students say
“Going to the Olympic Park was an amazing experience which helped us to understand the Olympics more clearly.”
Molly Smith Year 8, Alban Academy