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Events> Restless Earth Schools Workshop




FREE Restless Earth Workshop for Year 10 students

The British Cartographic Society (BCS) is extending its Outreach Programme to schools by running FREE to attend workshops for Year 10 secondary school students on mapping natural disasters.

The theme of the workshop is ‘Restless Earth’ with specific reference to post disaster mapping and focuses on the earthquake disaster in Japan. It will involve a series of practical activities that will integrate good map design with GIS technology.

The workshop supports both Edexcel and AQA Physical Geography modules entitled The Restless Earth, specifically the following key ideas:

  • Earthquakes occur at constructive, destructive and conservative plate margins
    - features of earthquakes
    - epicentre, focus, shock waves.
  • The effects of earthquakes and responses to them
    - primary and secondary effects
    - immediate and long term responses
  • Tsunamis are a specific secondary effect and can have devastating effects in coastal areas
    - A case study of a tsunami
    - its cause, effects and responses.
Peter Jones recently spoke to Geoconnexion Magazine about the Restless Earth Workshops - read that article here

Forthcoming Workshops
We are fully booked for the spring term but we do have availability in the summer term. We are also now taking bookings for academic year 2015/16. Please contact us for available dates


Spring Term 2015

24th March - Holywell Middle School, Bedford
26th March - Villier High School, Southall

Summer Term 2015

15th April - King Edward VI Five Ways School, Birmingham
30th April - Burnage Academy for Boys, Manchester
16th May
- Cheltenham Ladies’ College
10th June
- Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall
17th June
- Tudor Hall School, Banbury
23rd June - Gillotts School, Henley-on-Thames
30th June and 1st July - Godalming Sixth Form College
July - Alsager School, Alsager

Comments from previous workshops:
“Far exceeded expectations – and they were pretty high after reading all the blurb. The enthusiasm from the volunteers, the efficiency and the quality of the resources made it so special. To have 55 pupils of very mixed ability engaged for 2 hours is wonderful to watch. You opened many eyes to the scale of the work behind the scenes of a disaster and to the wonderful world of maps!” Jodi Barber, Westbourne School, Penarth.

"Overall I thought the day was very useful indeed and that maps are more than just a pretty drawing, they have meaning and useful qualities" Student from Parkside School.You can read a review and summary of the Restless Earth Workshop attended by Parkside School on their website

"The Sendai Earthquake fits in very well with the curriculum for AQA A - it is an earthquake case study that hits two areas - earthquakes in richer parts of the world and the effects of a tsunami. The task itself simulates the actual processes that take place in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, and as such are made very real to the students. By undertaking the task students have embedded this case study and have been able to recall details in case study answers in test questions since." Lampton School.


Kirbie Kirbie

“The workshop has exceeded expectations – the resources and staff were excellent. The task was challenging but appropriate”. Bishop Stopford School

"The way in which the BCS workshop was planned and delivered allowed all our pupils to gain skills and in many cases has been a highlight of this academic year for pupils and staff." Kirkbie Kendal School.

Restless   Restless If you would like to know more about attending a workshop or find out more about the BCS outreach programme then please Contact Us

Alternatively read our flyer [PDF]

Restless Peter Jones recently spoke to Geoconnexion Magazine about the Restless Earth Workshops




Supported by:

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
 Global Mapping
Ministry of Defence

Royal Geographical Society through their Geography Ambassadors
Schools who have attended:
  • Altrincham Boys Grammar School *
  • Alsager School
  • Banbury School
  • Bedford Girls’ School
  • Bishop Stopford School
  • Blessed George Napier School
  • Bloxham School
  • Brentford School for Girls
  • Broadwater School
  • Budmouth College
  • Burford School
  • Calthorpe Park School
  • Cartmel Priory School
  • Charters School
  • Chaucer Technology School
  • Chilwell School
  • Chipping Norton School
  • City of London Academy Islington
  • Clapton Girls Academy, Hackney
  • Claremont Fan Court School
  • Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health, Plaistow
  • Colyton Grammar School
  • Court Moor School
  • Crofton School
  • Dallam School
  • Dartford Grammar School
  • Dover College
  • Endon High School
  • The Fallibroome Academy
  • Farlington School
  • Feltham Community College
  • Fernhill School
  • Godalming Sixth Form College
  • The Green School
  • Greenacre School
  • Gumley House School
  • Gunnersbury Catholic School for Boys
  • Halliford School
  • Hampton Academy
  • Haywood Engineering College
  • Hazelwood Integrated College, Belfast
  • The Highfield School
  • John Ruskin School
  • King Edward VI Five Ways School
  • Kirkbie Kendal School *
  • The Lakes School
  • Lambeth Academy
  • Lampton School *
  • Malcolm Arnold Academy
  • Manchester Academy
  • Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College
  • North Oxfordshire Academy
  • Northfleet School for Girls
  • Our Lady’s Convent High School
  • Parkside Community School
  • The Petchey Academy
  • Prior’s Field School
  • Queen Katherine School
  • Richard Huish College
  • Rivers Academy
  • Roedean School
  • St James Catholic High School
  • St John Fisher Catholic College
  • St John’s Catholic School, Gravesend
  • St Marylebone CE School
  • St Paul’s Way Trust School, Mile End
  • Saint Simon Stock Catholic School
  • Salesian College
  • Sandbach High School
  • Sandbach School
  • Sibford School, Nr Banbury
  • Stafford Sports College
  • Stanwell School
  • Stoke Newington School
  • Strood Academy
  • Sutton High School
  • Thomas Becket Catholic School
  • The Thomas Hardye School
  • Tudor Hall School
  • Waingels College
  • Walthamstow Hall
  • West London Free School
  • Westbourne School
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