GWR launches EnterTRAINment package for home-schooling parents

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GWR launches EnterTRAINment package for home-schooling parents

Published at 3:41pm 11th May 2020.

Train operator GWR has come up with a set of brain-teasing questions to help home-schooling parents keep their children educated and entertained.

The GWR Train Teasers test young train enthusiasts’ maths skills and encourage them to learn about some of the attractions on the Great Western network.

It’s all part of the online #GWREnterTrainment package which also includes: downloadable colouring sheets; a chance to say thanks to the NHS and other key workers; videos about the history of the railway; and activity sheets featuring word searches, quizzes and more.

The GWR Train Teasers challenge children to work out the miles between stations with the aid of a simplified distances chart. Other questions require them to research some of the attractions on the network.

What does #GWREnterTrainment include?

    • Show your support for our NHS and other key workers by designing your own special Intercity Express Train livery. Download the train outline, create your special design and then display it in your window
    • A series of Walk the Line documentaries about the history of the iconic GWR. In 2015 we asked Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s great-great-great grandson to follow in his ancestor’s footsteps, travelling from Bristol to London. We’re re-running nine short ‘Walk The Line’ videos with a series of fun questions
    • Downloadable Iron Horses of the West colouring sheets: Created with Bristol-based street artist Andy Council, the sheets will have you revelling in the joys of ferroequinology (the study of the railways) like never before
    • Kids’ Stuff activity sheets. Download to print at home or simply enjoy online: Taken from GWR’s quarterly on-board magazine Escape, these child-friendly activity pages are crammed full of fun activities ranging from spot the difference to quizzes, jokes and fun facts.
    • Join the Young Great Westerners on a journey of learning and discovery. Go on rail-inspired Storytelling Adventures or run the Great Western Railway in a STEM-based digital game
    • Don’t forget to share your hard work: Tweet @GWRHelp Facebook @gwruk Instagram @gwruk and include #GWREnterTrainment in your message

GWR’s Head of Communications Dan Panes said: “We’ve been working hard to help keep children #EnterTrained at home. These train teasers are another way of keeping those maths skills ticking over and stimulating interest in the GWR network.

“We’ve had some really positive feedback about #GWREnterTrainment and have been astounded by the quality of entries for some of our online competitions, such as Build a Train, Design a Train Livery and Guess the Station.”

If you’re stuck at home and looking for an indoor adventure, the company says #GWREnterTrainment and associated social media accounts may be just for you.

More content and competitions will be brought online soon, including a short-story competition and a very special model railway of the network and communities GWR serves.

Although the government has outlined its roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions, present advice remains to avoid travelling by train wherever possible.  

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