A healthy, sustainable legacy?

Key stage 3 Geography

Enquiry question: Did the 2012 Olympics provide east London with a healthy, sustainable legacy?

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding

The London 2012 Olympics promised to be the ‘greenest’ Games ever

The urban environments can promote good, or bad, mental and physical health

Urban environments can vary in quality within a very short distance

The Queen Elizabeth Park has transformed the urban environment

Geographical skills

Interview members of the public

Annotate photographs

Analyse different locations for their impact on well-being

Evaluate information from a range of sources

Learning outcomes

Most students will be able to:

Understand the background to the London 2012 Olympics and the subsequent regeneration of this part of east London

Place the concept of sustainability for individual buildings and the whole Olympic Park within the wider context of environmental concerns over global warming

Identify features of an urban environment that contribute to good mental and physical health

Identify features of a building that help to make it sustainable

Carry out a questionnaire with members of the public

Pre-visit recommendation

Students should:

Watch a video of the changes that have happened in Stratford in the 21st century

Read about the essential features of sustainable cities


Meet at Stratford International station. Show students a large wall map to outline the locations they will visit during the day. Ask them what are the essentials for a healthy, sustainable life.


Olympic Park wall map


Location 1: Stratford E15 Walk through Westfield and Stratford Centre to an area of old Victorian housing. Students complete a healthy environment survey.

Location 2: Carpenters Estate, E15 Walk to through Stratford to the estate. Repeat healthy environment survey.

Location 3: Aquatic Centre Walk to the centre in the Olympic Park. Carry out a population survey of people using the centre. Annotate photo to show the sustainable features of the centre.

Location 4: Main park entrance Carry out a survey to find out where people came from and how they travelled.

Location 5: Olympic Park Walk through the park, observing features and labelling them on a map. Visit an exhibition about sustainable energy at the Energy Centre.

Location 6: Velodrome Continue walking through the park, observing features, to the Velodrome for lunch. After lunch, annotate photo to show sustainable features of the Velodrome.

Location 7: Olympic rings viewpoint Walk to the viewpoint to sketch the view, annotating sustainable features.

Location 8: East Village, E20 Walk to East Village (former Athletes Village) and walk around, observing the sustainable features. Students complete at least two more healthy environment surveys in E20.


Sheet 1: Healthy Environment Survey x2

Sheet 2: Who uses this facility?

Sheet 3: Sustainable features of the Aquatic Centre

Sheet 4: Olympic Park user survey

Sheet 5: Olympic Park map
Interactive model of a combined heat and power system

Sheet 6: Sustainable features of the Velodrome

Sheet 1: Healthy Environment Survey x2


Students discuss factors they have seen which make for a healthy urban environment. What factors affect mental and physical well-being? What differences are there between E15 and E20? How has the QE Park been designed to promote well-being and sustainability?


Sheet 2: Factors for a healthy environment