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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 taking bookings for academic year 2015/16. Please contact us for available dates


Summer Term 2016

15th April - Pewsey Vale
5th May - Hinckley
6th May - Bedworth
8th June - Preston
14th June - Banbury
17th June - Walsall
21st & 22nd June - Godalming
24th June - Addlestone
28th June - Atherstone, Warwickshire

Autumn Term 2016

26th September - Birmingham
5th October
- South Shields
11th & 12th October
- Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
17th October
- Dartford

If you are a BCS Member and would like to volunteer at a workshop please contact us

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
  • BGS Science Week
  • Bishop Stopford School
  • Bitterne Park School
  • Blessed George Napier School
  • Bloxham School
  • Brentford School for Girls
  • Broadwater School
  • Budmouth College
  • Burford School
  • Calthorpe Park School
  • Carshalton Boys Sports College
  • Cartmel Priory School
  • Channing 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
  • Mildenhall College 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
  • Skinner’s Academy
  • Stafford Sports College
  • Stanwell School
  • Stoke Newington School
  • Strood Academy
  • Sutton High School
  • The Swedish School in London
  • Thomas Becket Catholic School
  • The Thomas Hardye School
  • Tudor Hall School
  • Villier High School
  • Waingels College
  • Walthamstow Hall
  • West London Free School
  • Westbourne School
  • Wimbledon High School
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