Be inspired by London 2012 with our Olympic bid chapter from This is Geography 3, Chapter 5 'The Olympic Games and Paralympic Games come to town'.
Download: What's the secret of a successful Olympic bid?
Our Olympics Pinterest board
Fieldwork opportunities with John Widdowson
Why not join author, urban geographer and Olympics fieldworker, John Widdowson on one of his Olympic fieldwork programmes in east London?
Contact John Widdowson
for further details.
The 2012 Olympics is a unique opportunity to investigate geography in action — the transformation of a derelict river valley, urban regeneration on a grand scale, the potential for a sustainable Olympics. It’s all here in east London, to be seen and explored.
It’s the sort of geography that excites students and can be turned into a great learning experience.
KS2 and KS3
One-day programmes for Key Stage 2 or 3 Fieldwork investigations to really engage pupils with what they see, include:
- Was east London a good place to choose for the 2012 Olympics?
- Which are the best venues for each of the Olympic sports?
- How sustainable are the 2012 Olympics really likely to be?
Controlled assessment for GCSEs Programmes to meet the fieldwork requirements for all the new GCSE specifications – AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC
The focus of these programmes extend from the Olympics to other parts of east London, to include:
- Variations in land use and quality of life
- Who benefits from regeneration
- Sustainable lifestyles
- Access to shopping and other services
- Cultural integration and segregation
Programmes will be updated each year as controlled assessment titles change.
Programmes to meet the fieldwork requirements for all the new AS/A2 specifications – AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC.
The focus of these programmes can be based upon London’s Olympics and Paralympics or extend into other parts of east London, such as:
- ‘Re-branding’ and regeneration in east London
- Market-led ‘flagship regeneration in Docklands; who benefits?
- Variations in land use and quality of life in east London
- Regeneration projects in east London – how sustainable?
for further details.
Useful websites to inspire your geography lessons
Archive blog posts from John Widdowson from our Expert Blog
Shame about the Olympic Marathon
On your marks, get set
The Olympic legacy
The View Tube
The regeneration of the Docklands
Water under the bridge
Blog post from GA field work visit by Graeme Eyre
London 2012 Blog from The Guardian
Life inside the London 2012 Olympic Park - one of the BT storyteller's blog
Living Geography's visit to the Olympic site
HodderGeography's Pinterest Olympics board
and follow @BBC2012
Olympics posters 1896–2008 - gallery from The Guardian
New posters for 2012
Collated list of resources from charities, including British Red Cross and CAFOD from Global Dimension
50 stunning Olympic moments
Guardian's comparison of the three London Olympics
- looking at population, migration etc over the years - social history in action!
Alan Parkinson's activities
for Olympic teaching
The five new neighbourhoods named
3D map and 360° degree tour of the venues
from The Guardian
Olympics people by numbers
- video from BBC
Olympics 2012 in numbers - animation from The Guardian
Interactive map of the Olympic torch relay
from BBC News
Virtual tour of the Olympic Park from The Guardian
Alternative tour of the Olympic area
3D tour of the Olympic Park to the Gherkin from Mapply
Locals say Olympics has failed to deliver for the neighbourhood
East London's Olympic regeneration
Jason Hawkes set of aerial photos
from January 2012
Photo gallery of Jason Hawkes' aerial photo from BBC
from BBC (December 2011)
Aerial photos from Jason Hawkes
- from March 2008 to present
Olympics Street View
by Keir Clarke
Photos from my two visits to the Olympic site: February 2010
and September 2011
Photos from @GeoBlogs
visit on Flickr
If you spot any good Olympic websites that could be used as resources/good geography lessons, send us an email
and we'll add it to the list.