Learning By Topic KS1: London Underground and Trains and Mathematics

Next time you take a train journey, observe the exterior and interior of the train, what 2D and 3D shapes can you see? List them and record the properties of the 2D shapes, e.g. number of sides and corners. (Extension: List properties of 3D shapes also e.g. number of faces and vertices.

Plan a journey from your nearest train station to Liverpool Street. Where will you have to change? What lines will it involve travelling on? How much will your journey cost you?

Top Tip: You will need a Tube map for this activity: I want to travel from Paddington to Knightsbridge–what is the quickest journey on the Tube I can make? List the instructions/directions for this journey.

Which London Underground line has the largest amount of stations? Which one has the least?

Next time you are on a train, time your journey? How long was it? Can you represent it in hours and minutes? Top Tip: great opportunity to discuss decimal point.

Read a train timetable and then plan a journey considering what time you want to arrive at your destination.

Create your own train themed dot-to-dot, have your numbers go up by twos and then see if a family member or friend can complete it! Top Tip: This activity can be repeated for counting by fives and tens.