INTERACTIONS: THE GEOGRAPHY OF DEFENCE!
Designed to support a school trip to Wightlink Ferries
GEOGRAPHY Key Stage 3
Variants: Mid Ability students | High Ability students
Human and Physical Geography
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This is a geography resource which engages students with the human and physical geography of Portsmouth Harbour and the surrounding area of the Solent, while on their ferry crossing to/from the Isle of Wight.
This resource focuses on students learning about the physical and the human characteristics of the geography of the settlement of Portsmouth and the wider area on this stretch of the Solent coast.
The resource leads students through knowing what the key terms associated with the topic area are, and understanding what they mean. Map work and photo interpretation allows students to examine the physical and human geography of the site and situation of Portsmouth before their ferry trip. They also learn a little about the history of the development of the naval base/port here, and the building of various defences in, and on the shores of, the Solent.
While on the ferry crossing, students examine old photographs of Portsmouth Harbour and compare them to what it is currently like, take photos of different types of vessels in the harbour and Solent, and sketch the harbour, and also examine evidence of defences and the need/use of these in relation to the ‘geography’ of the area.
On their return to school, students then use a GIS mapping site to investigate shipping/vessel movements into and out of the Harbour and the wider Solent, in order to understand the importance of Portsmouth Harbour on a wider scale. Summary questions at the end tie up all that they have learnt through all activities pre-visit, during the trip, and post- visit.
Key Skills Practised
Understanding key processes in physical geography (climate change, coasts)
Understanding key processes in human geography (settlement, human activities)
Conducting fieldwork by making observations and applying their observations to specific tasks
Map work, photo interpretation and use of GIS
Development of literacy skills
Carrying out independent as well as group activities.
Students will learn what the key terms (physical and human Geography, site and situation) mean, and will also learn about the characteristics of Portsmouth as a settlement and also Portsmouth Harbour and Naval Port and the wider Solent.
During the Visit
Students will make observations from the ferry in order to understand the physical and human geography of Portsmouth, and Portsmouth Harbour specifically, and the wider Solent area.
Students use a simple GIS mapping site to investigate vessels present, and their movements, in the Harbour and its ‘routes’ into the Solent. They will carry out activities to summarise what they have learned.
Students will be able to define what physical Geography and Human Geography is, and also the terms ‘site’ and ‘situation’.
Students should be able to describe the physical and human geography of Portsmouth Harbour and the surrounding area of the Solent, including the role of defence both past and present.
Some students will be able to describe and explain the interaction between the physical and human geography of the area.
Students will make and record observations about what the harbour and Solent is like, both the physical and the human features
Students will use GIS to investigate vessel movements and use this to comment on the importance of Portsmouth Harbour.
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This page was last updated on: 08/03/2018