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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 now fully booked for the summer term. We are also now taking bookings for academic year 2015/16. Please contact us for available dates


Autumn Term 2015

25th September - Wimbledon High School

1st October - Charters School, Ascot
6th October - Carshalton Boys Sports College
10th October - Dover College
13th October - Skinner’s Academy, London N4
15th October - The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester
21st October - Dartford Grammar School

4th & 5th November - Bitterne Park School, Southampton
10th November - Altrincham Grammar School for Boys
w/b 16th November - Stanwell School, Penarth
24th November - Blessed George Napier, Banbury
26th November - Sibford School, Sibford Ferris

9th December - Crofton School, Fareham
15th December - Halliford School, Shepperton


Spring Term 2016

8th January - Mildenhall College Academy
13th January - The Swedish School in London
mid/late January - Park Hall Academy, Birmingham
28th January - Channing School, London

10th February - Prior’s Field School, Godalming
23rd February - Bedford Girls School

4th March - Claremont Fan Court School, Esher
10th March - St Ignatius College, Enfield
17th March - Kirbie Kendal School
22nd March - Hollywell Middle School, Cranfield, Bedfordshire


Summer Term 2016

5th May - Hastings High School, Hinckley

21st/22nd June - Godalming College

Comments from previous workshops:

"The pupils had to choose their GCSE options the following week after your workshop. We have the largest uptake at GCSE that we have had in a long time and the pupils in particular that were undecided said that the workshop had helped them to decide to choose geography. A massive thank you!" Laura Uden, Claremont Fan Court School.

"We had Y9 parents’ evening the week after the workshop. A lot of parents, and students, commented on the quality of the workshop, that it was highly enjoyable and that it was a factor in them choosing GCSE Geography." Dave Parrish, Blessed George Napier School, Banbury.

“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
  • Cheltenham Ladies’ College
  • 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
  • Gillotts 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
  • Holywell Middle 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
  • Queen Mary's School
  • REAL Initiative
  • 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
  • Villier High School
  • Waingels College
  • Walthamstow Hall
  • West London Free School
  • Westbourne School
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