Learning By Topic KS1: Transport and Mathematics

Look at your local bus and train timetables and plan some trips.

Create a boat using 2D shapes (Cross Curricular: Art)

What 2D shapes have you used? Can you list/label the properties for each shape e.g. number of sides and corners?

Write some numbers on some small pebbles (counting by twos so: 2, 4, 6, 8 etc) and hide/bury them in sand (in a sand tray or table), use a toy digger to excavate them. Now order them forwards and then backwards counting by twos (repeat this for counting by fives and tens). Top Tip: This activity can be repeated for different concepts – shapes and sounds to name just a few!

Choose a local location that is close enough for you to walk to (perhaps a park or the local shops). Over a week or two, travel to that spot in as many different ways as you can – walk, cycle, skate, scoot, etc. Before each journey predict/estimate how long it will take you to travel to your destination, then time each journey and keep a record of these times. Which form of transportation was the quickest? Which was the slowest? What is the difference between your fastest and slowest time? Were you close with your estimations? Order your times in ascending order.

Gather some toy cars, trains, boats (any toy that is transport related) and using a ruler or tape measure, measure to the nearest centimetre.  Then order your toys them in descending order. Extension: Record in centimetres and millimetres (so convert to mm and/or use a decimal point e.g. 5.6cm).

Using your classifications of transport by land, water and air (form your Science activity), make a pictograph to represent the numbers of land, water and air transportation you came up with.