London Maths School Trips & Tours

Investigate the mathematics that makes the capital city of London work! From the Wembley Stadium arch, to the Bank of England, your pupils will be surrounded by maths during a visit to the city.

Have fun calculating the height of key landmarks, such as Nelson’s Column, or take the opportunity to consider the mathematical challenges engineers faced whilst building the iconic London Eye. An NST tour to London is guaranteed to leave your pupils feeling excited about the maths that is all around them!

Prices start from£99pp

Price Shown includes

  • 1 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay
  • Group travel insurance
  • 1 in 8 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers from selected departure points in  Nov 2018 and is subject to availability.


On-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid London Underground tickets

Accommodation

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Top visits

Science Museum

The Science Museum is packed with awe-inspiring galleries, interactive resources and inspirational exhibitions. Your pupils can explore the hands-on galleries which cover a wide range of subjects areas including:

Wonderlab - Science and Maths:

Inspired by the power of wondering, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery will ignite curiosity in science and maths through more than 50 cutting edge exhibits and immersive experiences. Along with high-energy shows, live experiments at our Chemistry Bar, live lightning demos at our giant Tesla coil, plus our brilliant Explainers to facilitate engagement, a school trip to Wonderlab is a must for KS2 and KS3 students. The gallery will enrich learning across the curriculum themes of forces, electricity, light, sound, matter, space and maths. The exhibits will encourage students to be curious, to look at close details and to be creative – skills that are invaluable to scientists.

Science: 
‘Who am I?’ - find out what makes you in this gallery that mixes intriguing objects with interactive exhibits. 

Psychology & Sociology: 
Psychology: Mind Your Head – a small exhibition exploring some of the stories, tools and puzzles that have engaged British psychologists during the 20th century.

The museum also offers a great selection of curriculum-linked schools events and shows, and stunning 3D films in their IMAX Cinema. Science Museum resources are also available and free to download.

Science & Maths Magic Shows - Magical Maths

Run by Dr Matt Pritchard, who works for organisations like Royal Institution, British Science Association and The Big Bang fairs, these interactive science and maths magic shows will inspire and inform pupils.

Matt’s aim is to give his audience tricks they can go away and use to amaze their friends and families. However, in doing so they will be exposed to, and be using, a surprising amount of maths! Shapes, symmetry, patterns, numbers and logic form the basis of the maths behind the magic. Ideal for KS3+.

Science & Maths Magic Shows - Something About Nothing

Run by Dr Matt Pritchard, who works for organisations like Royal Institution, British Science Association and The Big Bang fairs, these interactive science and maths magic shows will inspire and inform pupils.

Nothing is notoriously hard to grasp. However, this show will attempt to fill in the empty gaps and explain almost everything there is to know about nothing. A comedy show uniquely fusing magic, multimedia and mathematics that explores the history, maths, science and philosophy behind nothing.

3D Printing Workshops

Take a 21st century approach to embedding technology learning in school, and introduce your pupils to the world of 3D printing where a solid object of virtually any shape can be created from a digital model. 

In our Introduction to 3D Printing workshop, pupils will get hands on with 3D computer modelling and see designs turned into real life on a 3D printer. All pupils will receive a certificate of attendance and will take away a 3D printed item too.

Other workshops include:

Understanding 2D and 3D
Create 2D and 3D shapes through designing a house in Sketchup. Look at the difference between a 2D representation of the shape and the 3D model itself. What is a plan and how would an architect use 2D and 3D shapes to represent their project?

Natural Geometries 
Create simple shapes like triangles, squares and arcs. And through learning simple ideas such as angles and rotation, turn these shapes into amazing nature-like structures such as snowflakes and shells.

For maths groups, we can also offer full day workshops at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park combining a tour of Bletchley Park, a visit to Colossus (the first electronic computer) and a hands-on processing or 3D printing workshop.

London Maths Trail

Explore the city and see the maths around you with our London Maths trail. Created by Chris Olley from King’s College London, this self-guided trail is exclusively available to NST. Our maths trail encourages pupils to use study themes such as calculations, shapes, problem solving and estimating whilst exploring the urban landscape.

 

Maths Inspiration Shows

Maths Inspiration shows run throughout the year. A fantastic chance for Year 11s+ to experience the UK’s most inspiring maths speakers live, presenting mathematics in the context of exciting, real-world situations! Held in one of London’s West End theatres, as well as other top theatres around the country, all shows have three interactive talks and a lively Q&A session. As well as mathematicians and statisticians, many of the shows feature engineers and physicists, making this the ideal STEM outing for your school. 

 

British Museum – Maths Challenge

A teacher-led KS2/KS3 session in which pupils use packs of materials supplied by the museum. Explore the museum’s galleries, meet mathematical challenges and learn about objects and cultures. This visit now includes an activity in the recently opened Citi Money Gallery.

V&A Museum – Maths and Islamic Art & Design

Islamic art explores the geometric systems that depend upon the regular division of the circle and the study of Islamic art increases appreciation and understanding of geometry. With V&A maths resources, you can also explore tessellations and symmetry, whilst taking a look at the Islamic Middle East collections.

St Paul’s Cathedral – ‘Let’s Build a Cathedral’ Workshop

Pupils will take an hour-long tour of the crypt and cathedral, then build an arch (and find out about the forces and skills involved), create structures using their own bodies, discover materials such as stone, wood, metal and their properties, view the geometric staircase and the ‘Great Model’ and find out about Wren’s use of ‘sacred geometry’.

Bank of England Museum & Talk

The museum, housed within the Bank of England, traces the history of the bank from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the nation’s central bank. The bank has had the responsibility of setting interest rates to control inflation since 1997, and also issues bank notes and works to maintain a stable financial system.  There are a number of talks available (approx. 60 mins):

Pounds & Pence -  Encourages pupils to think about the value of money and prices, and their spending and saving decisions.
Keeping on an Even Keel - Explains what the Bank does to keep inflation low, maintain trust in its banknotes and keep the financial system stable. 

Activity sheets are available at the Museum, and resources are available from the Museum's website. An essential visit for every pupil studying business, maths and economics.

Wembley Stadium

Visit this striking stadium to gain an invaluable insight into modern engineering. Take a 90-minute tour, see England’s changing rooms, the players’ warm-up zone, the Royal Box and much more. You can even ‘Lift the Cup’! Worksheets are available to accompany your visit, and explore topics related to science, maths, statistics, design and engineering. You can use NST’s Maths Explorer learning resources to link football shirts to maths too.

Bletchley Park

Visit the historic site where secret British code breaking activities took place during WWII, and where the modern computer was born. Bletchley Park runs a range of guided tours and talks for groups that are designed to enthuse students about the disciplines that underpinned the code breakers’ work.

The National Museum of Computing

Based at Bletchley Park, this museum houses the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe.

Alton Towers

There are so many angles to take when it comes to learning about maths at this leading UK theme park. How many people ride Nemesis in an hour? How popular is Oblivion? How fast does TH13TEEN drop? Find out why maths really counts at the Alton Towers Resort.

Thames River Cruise

Take in London’s best-loved sights on this enjoyable cruise. Your pupils will gain an insight into the many layers of history that have built up along the river, from the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge to the Coca-Cola London Eye.

Coca-Cola London Eye

For a fantastic bird’s eye view of England’s capital city, take a ride on the Coca-Cola London Eye. Spot famed landmarks and take in the 30-mile panoramic view. Plus enjoy fantastic group prices with NST.

Educational resources are available for engineering, maths, ICT and primary school groups.

Highlights of London Blue Badge Guided Tour

See the major sights of the city. An expert Blue Badge Guide will join you on your coach and bring the Capital to life for your group. Sights may include Big Ben & Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

West End Shows

A West End show is a magical and unforgettable experience and a must for school groups visiting the city! Catch a show at one of the capital's famous theatres with tickets to an array of award-winning plays and spectacular musicals, including the Lion King and Wicked! 

There are so many popular options to choose from and we can book any show for your group. Plus, our dedicated in-house theatre team and our links with the best ticket providers means we’ll be able to reserve your first choice tickets.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a behind-the-scenes walking tour which will truly immerse pupils into the world of film-making. Step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. Tread the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall, encounter animatronic creatures and wander down Diagon Alley. Located at the Studios where all 8 films were produced.

THORPE PARK Resort

Learning through enjoyment is the ethos THORPE PARK Resort is championing to teachers and students alike. Our goal is to harness students’ excitement and provide the framework to challenge and inspire them. Take a walk on the island’s wild side and enjoy over 30 rides, live events and attractions to choose from inside the Resort, including our family favourite, ANGRY BIRDS LAND with 4D Experience and Dodgems. NEW FOR 2018, THORPE Education Daily Talks! A 30 minute talk from a choice of STEM or Business subjects for KS3, KS4 or KS5.

Educational Workshops 

THORPE PARK Resort provides opportunities for learning with a range of curriculum-linked educational workshops including Marketing THORPE PARK Resort, THORPE PARK Resort as a Business and The Science of Roller Coasters. You’ll be able to download risk assessments for free and educational resources to lengthen your pupils’ experience. To assist with pre-visit planning, THORPE PARK Resort will provide two complimentary teacher tickets to the park once you have confirmed your booking.

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort is the ideal destination for families with children aged 2-12, with over 55 interactive rides, live shows and attractions all set over 150 acres of beautiful parkland. Step into Heartlake City world of the LEGO® Friends, soar through the air on the Dragon rollercoaster, make a splash in DUPLO® Valley, discover a world of awesome sea creatures on Atlantis Submarine Voyage or earn your very first driving licence in the LEGO City Driving School. Awesome awaits at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort.

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Cross-Curricular Workshop LEGOLAND® is the perfect place for teachers, carers and children to experience a fun and engaging school trip! We offer hands on workshops hosted by our trained educational staff which cover the core STEM principals. All of our workshops are fully adaptable to age and student’s needs, plus they utilise the world’s finest educational play materials: LEGO bricks! 2018 marks 60 years of the brick and to celebrate we are building awesome new attractions full of LEGO® bricks including MINILAND USA and LEGO Reef!

The Enigma Project: Codebreaking! Spies! Espionage! Secret messages!

Code breaking is a fascinating real-life application of mathematics. Presented by mathematician Dr James Grime, the Enigma Project is a presentation about the history and mathematics of codes and codebreaking – from the ancient Greeks to World War II and beyond – including a demonstration of an original World War II Enigma machine! This presentation can also be followed by a code breaking workshop where pupils get the chance to become the code breakers themselves! The presentation and workshop are suitable most age groups and abilities, from Y5 to Y13. 


Evening activites

  • Jack the Ripper tour
  • Evening ghost bus tour
  • Ice skating
  • Bowling
  • A quiz or disco at your hotel (most hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evenings)

Study themes

  • Arithmetic and calculations
  • Code breaking
  • Using geometry and angles
  • Investigating measures
  • Estimating
  • Proportion
  • Problem solving and thinking mathematically
  • Mathematical vocabulary

Educational resources

MATHS EXPLORER
Our free Maths Explorer learning resources are designed to bring your mathematics experience in London to life! You’ll find a range of exciting activities available to download to encourage your pupils to see the Maths around them and to start thinking in a creative and mathematical way. Activities include: estimating heights of key landmarks, exploring London by numbers and investigating tessellation and symmetry.

Click here to view a sample of our resources.


Transport

Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.

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Rail is a convenient travel option for small groups, with ideal for connections to Eurostar, major airports and travel to many city destinations.

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