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Changing places: a tale of two postcodes

Key stage 5 Geography

Enquiry question: How is Stratford changing and how should it be represented?

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding

Stratford, in east London, is one of the fastest changing places in the UK

Past and present connections, including the 2012 London Olympics, have shaped Stratford’s identity

Demographic, socio-economic and cultural characteristics of Stratford are changing

Geographical skills

Identify evidence of secondary data through primary fieldwork

Carry out surveys of population and peoples’ perceptions and experiences

Carry out a shopping comparison to identify changes

Select and photograph locations to represent a place in a TV soap

Learning outcomes

Most students will be able to:

Recognise factors that affect perceptions and experiences of a place

Understand how recent developments in Stratford are changing peoples’ perceptions and experiences

Compare shopping in two Stratford postcodes and what this tells us about changes

Identify demographic, socio-economic and cultural characteristics and how these are changing

Choose locations and devise a storyline for a TV soap to more accurately represent east London

Pre-visit recommendation

Students should:

Consider their own perceptions of east London and how it might compare with where they live

Examine secondary data about Stratford from the Office for National Statistics web site

Resources

Sheet 1: Perceptions of east London

Office for National Statistics website

Introduction

Meet at Stratford Station. Students describe their perceptions before the visit. They are introduced to the running task for the day. They will select locations from the places they visit to more accurately represent east London in an episode of a TV soap. They mark locations on a map and take photos.

Resources

Sheet 2: New ‘East Enders’

Sheet 3: Stratford map

Fieldwork

Location 1: Stratford, E15. Walk around Stratford, including areas of old terraced housing and post-war council estate. Students attempt to identify features that exemplify demographic and socio-economic data from 2011 Census. Which data is easy or hard to exemplify?

Location 2: Stratford Town Centre, E15. Students carry out a survey of people visiting the shopping centre to find out their perceptions and experiences of living in E15. They do a population survey to record ethnic and age groups in E15. They carry out a shop survey in Stratford Market Village to classify shops and services, their country of origin, availability and prices of goods.

Location 3: Westfield, Stratford City, E20. Students walk through Westfield. They observe demographic, socio-economic and cultural differences from E15 and note these. How can they explain the differences?

Lunch at Lower Food Court.

Location 4: East Village, E20. Students carry out a survey of people in E20 to find out their perceptions and experiences of living there. They do a population survey to record age and ethnic groups in E20. They carry out a comparative shopping survey for E20.

Resources

Location 1
Sheet 4
: Stratford 2011 Census: Key figures

Location 2
Sheet 5
: Perception and experience survey

Sheet 6: Population survey

Sheet 7: Shopping comparison – E15 and E20

Location 4
Sheet 5
: Perception and experience survey

Sheet 6: Population survey

Sheet 7: Shopping comparison – E15 and E20

Plenary

Students compare their findings from E15 and E20. How do their demographic, socio-economic and cultural profile compare? How does this reflect changes happening in Stratford? How important is postcode in determining people’s perception and experience of Stratford?

They reflect on their overall experience in Stratford to select locations and devise a storyline to more accurately represent east London in a TV soap.

Resources

Sheet 8: Changing Stratford

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