Y6 Olympic Park Art and Geography Trip
After travelling by minibus, train and tube we arrived at Stratford Station in East London. We were then met by our guide John for a whirlwind tour of the Olympic Park. We started off walking through Westfields onto the bridge that was the access to the Olympic park during the Olympics and studied the numerous pieces of art on the way including the ‘History Trees’. The geography of the park has now completely changed as now, without the security threats, you can access the park in many directions.
The first stop was the aquatic centre, with its ‘stingray’ shaped roof it showed how creative architecture can be. The viewing area is now glazed and the entrance to the pool is a bargain £2.50 for children! Next stop was the ‘Pixel Wall’ on the South Park Hub building, a handmade interactive sculpture, giant chairs, fountains and ball sculptures that looked like they were floating in the trees. This beautiful walkway has views over Canary Wharf, the ‘Gherkin’, the Olympic Stadium and the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Whilst we munched on biscuits we learned about the stadium itself and how it is now being retrofitted as when it was designed, it was not going to be a permanent fixture of the park. They had been very environmentally minded when they had built it using old gas pipes to make the upper supports.
After lunch in one of the amazing adventure playgrounds we visited the velodrome. Everyone was surprised by the steepness of the banks, and the boys were interested to learn about the types of bikes used on the track. Finally we looked at ‘East Village’ the housing area that was the Athletes Village in the Games. These are now flats available to rent, with landscaped gardens and lakes that naturally clean the water and reuse it in their grey-water system. All in all it was fantastic to see how interconnected Geography and Art are and a great day was had by all!