Plot and interpret distance-time graphs

Home learning focus

Learn about plotting and interpreting distance-time graphs, in order to communicate and infer information about journeys.

This lesson includes:

  • a learning summary
  • one activity with answers

Created in partnership with Beyond.


Distance-time graphs

Distance-time graphs are used to show how far someone or something has travelled within a certain time. They can represent real-life situations and contain lots of information, so it's important to know how to interpret them.

Follow the slideshow below to learn more about distance-time graphs. Read each example, and follow along closely to better understand how each step is plotted.

Plotting distance-time graphs

Plotting distance-time graphs

A distance-time graph shows how far something has travelled in a given time. Distance is plotted on the y-axis and time is plotted on the x-axis.

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Activity 1

Plotting and interpreting distance-time graphs activities

Now have a go at plotting and interpreting journeys on graphs with these worksheets from Beyond. You will need graph paper, a ruler and a pencil to complete some of the later questions. Otherwise, you can write your answers on a normal piece of paper.

Plotting and interpreting distance-time graphs

Click here to see the correct answers to the questions.

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