SHIP AHOY! TRANSPORT AND TRADE ON SOUTHAMPTON WATER
Designed to support a school trip to Red Funnel Ferries
GEOGRAPHY Upper Key Stage 2
Variants: Low Ability students
Human and Physical Geography
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Students will practise identifying different types of vessel and recognising them in a real environment.
This is a Geographical Skills resource focusing on Transport & Trade, designed to be used while on board a Red Funnel Vehicle Ferry. It engages students with the shipping traffic of the UK’s Southern coastal region from Southampton Harbour via Southampton Water and the Solent to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The resource consists of on-site and post-visit activities, which belong together but can be used independently of each other.
The resource enables students to develop their environmental awareness by observing, identifying and describing a variety of vessels in a busy shipping area and they are encouraged to work out what types of vessels are used for which purposes. The resources promote the use of directional language and geographical vocabulary in context and under field work conditions. Students can develop their understanding of the importance of shipping by researching different types of vessels, their cargo and their movements and routes. Finally, there is a frame work provided for students to use their tally to create a bar chart for presentation and discussion purposes.
The on-site activities offer an opportunity to identify and differentiate between different types of vessels commonly found in a larger port area. Students create a tally of the vessels they see for further work later on. The resources encourage questions, close observation and inference by offering many clues what to look out for while on the trip. They also give more detailed information for students to select and connect to particular vessels they see.
The post-visit activities engage students with shipping data,
movements and routes and concludes with a blank world map being annotated with shipping routes and trade information (for higher ability only, or for use in mixed ability groups). Students present Geographical data in simple bar chart, using the tally of vessels created on the trip. Also, as an extension, students are invited to think about the reliability of data gathered by different observers.
Key Skills Practised
Focused and precise observation of maritime traffic
Categorisation of types of vessel
Presentation and analysis of data
Students will learn to use satellite images, compare them to OS map of the same area and will become familiar with key concepts and vocabulary in this context.
During the Visit
Students observe and record, recognise and identify, communicate and co-operate. Students will gain knowledge & understanding of trade and transport on water by observing vessels and harbour facilities and by using the information provided. Their lateral thinking skills will be challenged and rewarded by matching vessels, cargo and harbour facilities correctly .On the trip they will use locational & directional language; Key Geographical Language; observational, communication and co-operational skills under fieldwork conditions.
Completion of the tally bar chart Complete investigation of trade activity, including annotating the world map (higher or mixed ability). Re-inforce learning by using the notes and tally made on trade and transport by annotating an A3 blank base map with shipping routes and information and creating a bar chart in which to present their Geographical data.
Students will demonstrate and develop their understanding and acquire new knowledge about the close connection of transport and trade. Students will demonstrate & develop use of descriptive, directional and geographical key vocabulary. Students will practise co-operation skills. Students will develop geographical and mathematical presentational skills and the ability to categorise and differentiate between objects like vessels.
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