How do I travel to my usual destinations?

1. Real Life Situation

I have to go to school every day, some things I cannot change! My house is close to school so it is only a 5 minute walk. My friend Sammy lives next door but she is driven to school, I think she is quite lazy! When I arrive at school I often wait for my friends who travel on the school bus. Then we all go to our classroom together. Guess what...all the teachers come by their own car. I want a Porsche when I am old enough.

After school there are lots of clubs and sports I can do. My favourite is football. We practice twice per week. When we have finished I am tired and sometimes wish someone would drive me home instead of walking. On Saturday we have a football match against another school. Sometimes we have to travel many miles to play a game. I am lucky because we travel by car, it is a big one so I have lots of space to sleep on the way back home.

2. Introduction

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People travel in different ways.  You will investigate how people travel, focusing on your local area and regular journeys.  You will explore the way in which regular trips are made and why choices to use different forms of travel are made.





3. Task

To undertake an investigation about the above theme, including research and collection of data.
To find out why people use different forms of transport
To assess the different forms of transport on offer and their benefits
To explore and understand that different forms of transport have varying environmental impacts.
To calculate the carbon footprint of different journeys depending on the type of transport used.

4. Activities

Activity 1: Mapping exercise
Activity 2: How do people travel?
Activity 3: What transport options do I have?
Activity 4: Carbon Footprint

 Activity 1: Mapping exercise

Think about where you travel during a typical day/week/year. Draw lines of different colours to connect your houses with locations you travel to indicating method and distance of travel.


Think of all the places you travel to in a typical week.

On a piece of A3 or A4 paper draw your house in the middle of the sheet of paper.

Draw on the paper the locations you visit in a week – with near locations close to your house and far locations furthest from your house.

Draw lines from your house to each location. Use a different colour for each mode of transport:

•    Travel by car: red
•    Travel bus or train: blue
•    Travel by cycle or walk: green

If you travel to a location in a variety of ways eg. walk to school some days and get the car on others, then draw two lines, one for each form of transport.

Compare your journeys with other students in your class and discuss the colours you have used.

What impacts may these different forms of transport have on the environment.

 Activity 2: How do people travel?

Collect data and find out why people choose different forms of transport.


Part 1: Travel Survey

Print out the Travel Survey

Use the survey sheet to ask friends and family members about their weekly transport habits.   Record the number and type of cars owned and miles travelled per week by car and public transport.

Make sure you get a range of results, not just families with children eg grandparents.

Bring the survey back to school and be prepared to discuss the results with your class.

Once back in class complete the questions at the bottom of the survey sheet as it will help you recap the information found out whilst performing your survey.

Compare your results with your class and think about the following questions:

•    Who surveyed the person who uses public transport the most?
•    Who travelled the most miles?

Think about why people choose certain forms of transport

Part 2: Traffic Survey

Your teacher will provide you with instructions for this activity.


Use the Traffic Survey sheet to write your results on.

 Activity 3: What transport options do I have?

Assess the different forms of transport on offer and their benefits.  Research your local transport network and using timetables create a journey.


Print out the Transport Options worksheet and Really Tricky Places worksheet .

Your teacher will provide you with paper copies or links to local maps of the area, local public transport timetables and other useful links.

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Work in pairs and use the local public transport time tables to decide on route options between the two locations on the Transport Options worksheet.

Complete the table on the Transport Options worksheet including the required mode of transport and the start and finish times of their journey.
Use the space available on the table to write the positives and negatives of the different options.

Think about which mode of transport you would choose and why.

Once the basic sheet is complete move onto the more tricky destinations.

 Activity 4: Carbon Footprint

Calculate the carbon footprint of different journeys depending on the type of transport used.  


Print the What is your carbon footprint? worksheet.

Write down the places you travel in a typical week from home eg. shops, school and what mode of transport you use to make the journeys.

Estimate the distance or look at a local map and write it in the table provided.

Use the graph to work out the amount of carbon dioxide (C02) used per kilometre of travel and write it in the table. Multiplying the distance and amount of carbon dioxide used per kilometre together will give the total carbon dioxide used for that journey.

Calculate this for each journey then add up the final column to give the total carbon dioxide used in a week.

Discuss in groups or as a class the amount of carbon dioxide produced by different journeys and the environmental impact.

Use the figure you have calculated to identify the method of travel that has the smallest environmental impact.

Is this the most common transport used? If not, why?

5. Reflection

Write down three things you have learnt about how you travel to your usual destinations.

Write down two things you would like to find out more about.

Choose one of these things, how could you find out more about it?

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6. Conclusion

This webquest has investigated the choices you make when you travel to your usual destinations, you have thought about the pros and cons of different methods of transport and planned journeys using the different methods.

7. Teacher notes

Age: 8 - 12


Activity 1: Mapping exercise (20 minutes)
Activity 2: How do people travel?
Part 1: (30 minutes - homework / 30 minutes - classwork)
Part 2: (20 minutes)
Activity 3: What transport options do I have? (45 minutes)
Activity 4: Carbon Footprint (30 minutes)

Curriculum / Subject (cross-curricular links):

Learning objectives:

By the end of the quest all students will:
Describe the forms of transport they use regularly.
Describe other forms of transport that could be used for the same journey
Plan and carry out a survey to collect data.
Use data to assess the impact of a transport type.
Use criteria to make choices about different forms of transport.
Explain why choices of transport are made.
Explain the difference between positive and negative consequences.


Supporting Information

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