This activity is about journeys to school, your own journeys and journeys to school by other children. Watch this video

The picture shows a 5 hour journey into the mountains on a narrow path to probably the most remote school in the world in Gulu, China.

The table shows data about how learners in the UK travel to school. Is it similar in your area or different?

Which is the most popular way of getting to school for primary pupils in the UK? How about for secondary pupils?

Can you think of any reasons why these might be different?
Which is the most common way of travelling to school overall?
Can you explain why this answer is different again?
What do you think the “Other” category means?

Conduct your own survey on how everyone gets to your school, perhaps in your class or year group. In your survey you might like to ask other questions like “how long does it take you to get to school?” and “how far is it from where you live to the school?” Present your results in tables, charts or graphs.

Compare your findings to those in the table (you might want to look just at the primary or secondary data).
How are your results different?
Are there any similarities?

Click here to download the TRAVEL TO SCHOOL worksheet.

See the AIMSSEC Notes for Teachers.

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This problem is adapted from the NRICH task Real Statistics with permission of the University of Cambridge. All rights reserved.

To learn about some surprising journeys to school see

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