Network Rail and Milton Keynes pupils on track for great educational project

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Milton Keynes school pupils have teamed up with Network Rail to gain a real understanding about trains and rail travel.

Over the next two weeks, all pupils at Brooklands Farm Primary School will take part in activities supported by staff from Network Rail that will challenge pupils to answer questions such as: Why do we have railways? How heavy should a train be to stay on track? Can trains, tracks and stations be sustainable and how are trains powered now and in the future?

The project will encompass all areas of the curriculum including maths, science, geography and literacy.

Experts from Network Rail will visit pupils in school, as well as lead trips to the Signal Control Centre in Rugby and the Northampton and Lampton Railway, bringing learning to life.

The project will see pupils take part in challenges including making a bridge for a train to cross; rerouting a train in a mock control room; designing posters about train safety; and writing stories and poems about train journeys.

The project will culminate in a presentation and exhibition at Network Rail’s HQ on Thursday, March 27, to showcase the children’s learning.

Maxine Low, headteacher at Brooklands Farm School, said: “At Brooklands Farm Primary School we believe that children are most inspired to learn when they use their skills to solve real life problems. We believe that building a curriculum that is rich with real life issues inspires children to see the purpose of the key skills of reading, writing and maths that they learn within the classroom.

“Schools and businesses can work closely to provide schools with learning partnerships that not only meet social and corporate responsibility in a purposeful way but also ensure that large Milton Keynes companies grow roots within the local community within which a local workforce can emerge.”

Sharry-ann Bonnar, from Network Rail’s infrastructure reliability team, based at the Quadrant: MK, said: “Working with schools is an important part of our commitment to educate children and young people about the importance of staying safe on the railway. This project with Brooklands Farm Primary School will help to raise safety awareness as well as helping the children learn about engineering, science and mathematics, within their curriculum. It has been a positive learning experience and rewarding for everyone taking part.”