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Tourism in East London

Key stage 3 Geography

Enquiry question: Could Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park become a top tourist destination?

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding

A range of attractions and facilities are required to make a tourist destination

Tourist destinations can appeal in different ways to different types of tourist

Greenwich is a top tourist destination and the Olympic Park has potential to be one

Geographical skills

Locate and annotate tourist attractions on a map

Assess the tourism potential in an area

Carry out a tourist survey

Learning outcomes

Most students will be able to:

Plan and follow a walking route around an area

Locate and annotate tourist attractions on a map

Assess the tourism potential in an area

Carry out a tourist survey

Choose a tourist attraction in an area and describe their reaction to it

Compare Greenwich and the Olympic Park as tourist destinations

Pre-visit recommendation

Students should read about tourism in London.

Resources

Sheet 1: Tourism in London – background

Introduction

Meet at Stratford station. Students work in groups of four. They each choose a different tourist character. They consider what their character would look for in a tourist destination. They will represent this character through the day. Students look at the rail map and plan their possible journeys to and from Greenwich.

Resources

Sheet 2: Tourist charcter profiles

Sheet 3: East London rail map

Fieldwork

Travel by rail to Greenwich. Follow a route planned by students, that could include the Emirates Airline cable car.

Location 1: Greenwich. Students plan a walking route around the main tourist attractions in Greenwich. One pair of students could be chosen to lead. Follow a route around the area, locating tourist attractions on the map. Short visits could be made to some of the attractions, e.g. Discover Greenwich. In character, students assess the attractions and, as a group, work out a total score for Greenwich. They carry out a tourist survey in Greenwich Park.

Lunch in Greenwich Park. Return by rail to Stratford. Walk to the Olympic Park.

Location 2: Olympic Park. Students plan a route around the main tourist attractions. Again, one pair could be chosen to lead. Locate the main attractions on a map. Short visits could be made to some attractions, e.g. the Orbit. In character, students assess each attraction and, as a group, work out a total score for the Olympic Park. They carry out a tourist survey.

Finally, they choose one attraction to represent the Olympic Park and take a photo or draw a sketch. Then, as a tourist, they write a postcard to describe their reaction to it.

Resources

Sheet 4: Greenwich map

Sheet 5: Greenwich tourism assessment

Sheet 6: Greenwich tourist survey

Sheet 7: Olympic Park map

Sheet 8: Olympic Park tourism assessment

Sheet 9: Olympic Park tourist survey

Sheet 10: Send a postcard

Plenary

Students compare their assessments of the Olympic Park and Greenwich. They also compare results from the tourist surveys. What attractions are there? Which types of tourists do these attract? How could the Olympic Park compete with Greenwich as a tourist destination? How could it do this?

Resources

Sheet 11: Greenwich and the Olympic Park

Additional costs (2017 prices)

Rail travel in East London: £4.00 per student on a group travel card (or free if booked in advance through TfL)

Emirates Airline cable car: £2.30 per student (optional)

The Orbit Viewing Gallery: £5.00 per student, general entry or £10.00 per student, including slide (optional)

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