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Quality of life in east London

Key stage 4 Geography

Enquiry question: Is quality of life in east London improving as a result of regeneration?

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding

Quality of life varies within east London

One of the Olympic legacy aims was to improve living standards in east London

Regeneration is changing quality of life around the Olympic Park

Geographical skills

Assess urban environmental quality

Select and use other fieldwork methods to assess quality of life

Devise +/or carry out quality of life questionnaire

Learning outcomes

Most students will be able to:

Carry out an urban environmental quality assessment

Select and carry out other methods to assess quality of life

Devise +/or carry out quality of life questionnaire

Compare quality of life in two postcodes around the Olympic Park

Assess the impact of regeneration on quality of life in east London

Pre-visit recommendation

Consider factors that influence quality of life. Option for students to devise their own quality of life questionnaire

Resources

Sheet 1: Factors that influence quality of life

Introduction

Meet at Stratford station. Point out visible changes that could affect quality of life, including transport, shopping and housing. Explain that one of the Olympic legacy aims was to improve living standards in east London. Discuss what fieldwork methods could be used to assess quality of life.

Resources

Sheet 2: London Legacy map

Fieldwork

Location 1: Carpenters Estate, E15. Walk to the estate. Explain that this area is unchanged since pre-2012. Introduce environmental quality assessment. Introduce other possible fieldwork methods to assess quality of life, including housing, crime and vehicle surveys. Students select which techniques to use.

Location 2: Stratford Town Centre. Walk to town centre to carry out questionnaire and homes and jobs survey. Students could be split into two groups for these activities.

Location 3: East Village, E20. Walk to East Village. Explain that this area was the Athletes Village in 2012. Repeat EQA, surveys and questionnaire in East Village.

Resources

Sheet 3: Urban environmental quality assessment (x2)

Sheet 4: Housing survey (x2)

Sheet 5: Crime risk survey (x2)

Sheet 6: Vehicle survey (x2)

Sheet 7: Quality of Life questionnaire (x2)

Sheet 8: Homes and jobs survey

Plenary

Complete sheet to compare quality of life in E15 and E20. Which area has the better quality of life? What makes it better? To what extent does regeneration help to improve quality of life? For who? Can regeneration make quality of life worse? How, and for who?

Resources

Sheet 9: Quality of life compared

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