Sixth Form Geographers Explore the City of London


Our Sixth Formers recently enjoyed a field trip to London, exploring the Docklands, Olympic Park and Brick Lane. Kaylan Coetser, Lower Sixth, reports. 

In Geography this term, we have been studying two units, the first is “Contemporary Urban Environments” and the second is “Changing Places”.

On Tuesday 16 October, the Geography Sixth Form class went on a field trip to London to extend our learning on these two topics. Our first destination was the Emirates cable cars, which cross the River Thames. From inside the cable cars we could see incredible views of the whole of London, although we focused on spotting the signs of regeneration around the London Docklands area in Greenwich where the cable cars are located.

After a return journey across the river, we made our way to the Crystal in the Docklands – one of the most sustainable buildings in the world and part of the sustainable cities initiative. We saw an exhibition of the possibilities for the world’s future cities and got a guided tour of the building, which included a variety of interactive activities that showed the importance for sustainability in our future.

After a lunch break, we got the train to the Olympic Park in Stratford. This showed us the regeneration the 2012 Olympics brought to this area of London; it was a constant bustle of people and the go-to place for its new facilities including the Westfield Mall. We walked to the ArcelorMittal Orbit (which is the UK’s tallest public artwork), and climbed up to the top to see stunning views of the London skyline which helped us to identify the different functional zones within London. Once at the top, we had the chance to go down the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide.

Following this, we travelled to Brick Lane: a rapidly developing, trendy and artistic area close to central London. We split off into groups and walked the length of Brick Lane, taking photographs of interesting aspects showing the changing demographic of the area. This was one of my favourite parts of the trip, as it was interesting to experience such a different culture to our own in the heart of London. We finished the day with a trip to the Jewish Beigel Bake shop on Brick Lane to try their famous salt beef beigels.

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