Global Learning London

Transport – Curriculum planning


Literacy, Language and Communication
Pupils investigate non-fiction texts about transport and consider the wide range of transport types across the worldPupils debate and discuss transport and its benefits and problems, and debate and write about theiropinions, explaining their points of view;

Pupils research the benefits of a Walk to School initiative or other effective ways to reduce their ‘transport footprint’.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Pupils learn about transport past and present in the UK, can identify and name many local options and consider the energy necessary to power them;Pupils learn about access to transport, both locally and more widely in the UK. They look at methods of transport across the world and consider which methods are more sustainable or have least pollution;

Pupils learn about transport in the wider context of travel.

Pupils know that their choices (and the choices of others) have consequences on their physical health as well as the environment, eg they learn that by walking to school they can reduce energy use and their carbon footprint and improve their health and fitness levels;Pupils investigate how traffic emissions aggravate common childhood conditions such as asthma.


Pupils develop their own imaginative and creative ways of expressing their commitments to the environment locally, nationally and globally, which can be shared with the school community and more widely. ~

Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education
Pupils use local transport and make safe and sensible choices about travel;Pupils learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it. They develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues;

Pupils learn how to make more confident and informed choices about their own health and environment; to take more responsibility, individually and as part of a greater whole.

Mathematical, Scientific and Technical
Pupils use maths to explore the impact (both positive and negative) of transport, for example studying the air miles required in transporting Fairtrade goods from Kenya;Pupils collect, analyse and present data using a range of sources that compares transport use, eg investigating how pupils travel to school;

Pupils research, develop and design a simple vehicle and peer evaluate against set criteria, eg functionality, use of recycled materials, energy efficiency.