The Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894

In the late 19th century London was facing a grave environmental crisis. There were approximately 50,000 horses working in the city and the number was growing. Some predicted that within the next 50 years the streets would be 9ft deep in horse manure. Would your students agree or disagree with this statement? How would they decide?

You can find more information on the Great Horse Manure Crisis on the Historic UK site, and discover how one teacher used this idea to teach modelling, scale drawing, unit conversion, density and estimation in her Core Maths lesson here:

If your Core Maths students would prefer to investigate a more modern London phenomenon- as well as applying Pythagoras’ Theorem- you could ask them to consider the following question:

How many steps there are on a London Underground escalator?


Age16-19, FE/HE
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