Learning By Topic KS2: London Underground and Trains and English

Theme/Spelling words: transport, underground, overground, journey, route, contactless, operate, pollution, destination, commuters.

List spellings in alphabetical order; write synonyms and antonyms for words (where appropriate); create a crossword puzzle for your theme words; write your theme words in sentences or use all of them in a short story, include some effective language features e.g. similes, metaphors, alliteration and personification.

Often on Tube platforms you will see large spaces for advertising. Poems also appear in these spaces in order to give passengers something to read and put a smile on their face. Some of the poems are in Haiku format (3 lines: first line and third line have 5 syllables, second line has 7 syllables and they don’t need to rhyme) Can you write 8 Haiku poems about the London Underground? Below in an example of a Haiku:

This stop is Holborn

Next stop is Covent Garden

Piccadilly Line

 – David Frankal

List as many adjectives as you can that describe travelling on trains in London (underground or overground) Top Tip: This list will help you with the activity below.

Write a description on being a passenger/commuter on the London Underground during peak hour. (Genre of writing: Description)

In mid June 2019, South Western Railway workers went on strike for 5 days, causing major disruption for thousands of commuters into London and for people attending Royal Ascot. Find out the reason for the strike. Are you for or against it? Write a letter to the Head of South Western Railway which clearly states which side you are on (the Railway Company or the workers) and the reasons you support them. (Genre of writing: Persuasive)

Write a story with the title ‘Journey on a Tube.’ (Genre of writing: Narrative)

Imagine you are tube driver and write a diary entry about your working day. (Genre of writing: Recount)