How to apply maths in London

Monday June 20, 2016

London, a bustling UK city, is popular with school trips for its tourist attractions, culture and history. For maths students, it offers a destination full of numbers, data and learning opportunities by exploring the city's main attractions, as well as participating in specialist workshops. Here are a few ways pupils can apply mathematics to a London trip


Bank of England Museum

The Bank of England Museum offers free learning opportunities into the role and function of the Bank of England, which is the UK’s central bank, founded in 1694. Informative talks and presentations can be tailored to each school group, based on their study, offering an insight into the history and purpose of money, the bank’s monetary policy and why a stable economy is so important. Worksheets are available on arrival for groups to complete while wandering through the exhibitions, allowing them to further expand their learning.  


London Maths in the City Walking Tour

London - Maths Walking Tour

With this specialist tour, pupils can build on their knowledge and experience first-hand how mathematics can apply to some of the city’s most popular streets and landmarks. Groups will explore graphs and networks at the Tate Modern, topology on the tube, and the Gherkin’s curves, plus more, while participating in fun demonstrations which further illustrate the links between maths and real life. 

Bletchley Park

London - Bletchley Park


Bletchley Park offers learning in the ultimate mathematical subject - codebreaking. This historical mansion was the residence of MI6 and the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) during WWII; both groups spent their time in the manor house investigating and cracking Nazi codes and ciphers. It was at this location where the famous Enigma cipher system was broken. Preservation of Bletchley means students can explore impressive soundscapes, exhibitions and codebreaking workshops in an authentic WWII setting.


Parliament to Trafalgar Square Walking Tour

London - Parliament

This 45-minute walk takes students around some of the most iconic British landmarks in the city, including Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and the Cenotaph. By collecting information relating to dates, times and estimations along the tour, students can practice their numerical skills while experiencing the London landscape.


St Paul's Cathedral

It wouldn't be a trip to London without a visit to St Paul's Cathedral. With its world-famous dome, 1,400 years of history and stunning architecture, maths tours to this landmark offer a stunning insight into geometry and measurements, while learning about Sir Christopher Wren - designer of the building.  Students will visit the crypt, the Geometric Staircase and the 'Great Model’ while participating in a number of maths-related activities.


Wembley Stadium

Students will be surprised just how much mathematics they can learn from a visit to Wembley Stadium, with its huge 90,000 capacity, history and various rooms. Home to the 1966 World Cup victory and a stage to world-famous musicians, students will tour behind-the-scenes while learning about facts, figures and sourcing countless numerical data available at their fingertips.


For pupils studying mathematics, London is a stunning destination filled with data, numbers, geometry and measurements hidden within its iconic tourist attractions, bustling streets and museums.

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