25th January 2022
Writing: Benjamin Thalayasingham (Year 9)
Photography: Sanooj Sanjay-Menon (Year 9)
Editing: Nathan John (Year 11)
Stratford, the town in East London, home to the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park was the destination of a Year 9 Geography trip which took place on the 25th and 27th of January.
The main aim of the trip was to provide an insight into the regeneration of the East London area, with the trip focusing mainly on the topic question 'To what extent have the Olympics improved the Stratford area?'.
When we arrived at the Olympic Park, we were given a questionnaire booklet to complete with the relevant data which we would be studying for our end of unit assessment. As soon as we got off the coach, still dozed from the journey, we were given a ten-minute timeframe to explore the area and complete a pedestrian count (the number of people we saw during a set time) and an EQS (Environmental Quality Survey), where we had to observe the area and assess it on qualities such as litter and pollution.
Determined to continue our data collection, we set off to investigate other areas. By midday we had already visited Carpenter's Estate, Copper Box Arena, West Ham Stadium, ArcelorMittal Orbit, Fish Island and Olympic rings. We then went to the Velodrome for lunch, where we were lucky enough to see some cyclists in action! Our final venue was the London Aquatics Centre, where we conducted the last of our surveys.
Overall, this was an enjoyable and extremely educational Geography trip for our year.