FEATURE FINDER FERRY CHALLENGE! USING BASIC GEOGRAPHICAL VOCABULARY TO REFER TO FEATURES.
Designed to support a school trip to Red Funnel Ferries
GEOGRAPHY Lower Key Stage 2
Variants: High Ability students
Human and Physical Geography
Identify features using Geographical vocabulary
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Students identify and label physical and human features seen on their Red Funnel ferry journey.
This is a Geography resource for students in lower key stage 2 that focuses on physical and human geographical features. It is designed to be used while on board a Red Funnel vehicle ferry.
It engages students with the topographical features of the UK’s South- West coastal region from Southampton Harbour via Southampton Water and the Solent to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The resource enables students to develop their environmental awareness by observing, identifying and describing physical and human features in the wider landscape; it promotes the use of directional language and geographical vocabulary in context and under field work conditions.
Students could compare and contrast the coastal environment with their home environment and are encouraged to draw conclusions on how different areas are used for different purposes.
These resources will require children to locate their own position within the actual environment and on a map, whilst on the ship.
This will include focusing on finding and identifying physical and human features on the way and fixing them on their base map as well as the opportunity to experience and discuss why it can be difficult to spot and identify human features reliably when on board a ship and what the implications this could have.
Students are encouraged to think about the difference between human and physical features and use detailed and varied adjectives to describe what they can see.
Working in pairs, there is opportunity to use and develop key vocabulary and practise practical co-operation and team work.
Additionally, they will have an opportunity to explore the traffic on the Solent area by spotting different kinds of vessels, inferring their use; why different ships take different routes and how traffic on water has to be organised to avoid collisions and other accidents.
Key Skills Practised
Reading maps and locating their own position while on a moving ship in order to spot human features on land and physical features around them
There is ample opportunity for using directional language; recognising features on resource as features in landscape & vice versa
All students will be experiencing in field work conditions how difficult orientation on sea can be and why maps and books can only give an idea of how things really look
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
Apply knowledge & understanding of physical and human geographical features under fieldwork conditions; using simple maps of new location to mark human features they spot on the way; use of locational & directional language; description of features; use of observational, communication and co- operational skills.
Reinforce learning by using the notes made on physical features to write a longer descriptive piece on the information collected during the field trip. The Venn diagram, list of adjectives and answers to questions can be used as scaffold for writing. The resources on human features can be used to create a detailed and illustrated spider diagram on an A3 sheet to show and discuss the different activities which take place in this particular coastal environment.
Students will demonstrate and develop their understanding of physical and human geographical features. They will demonstrate & develop use of descriptive, directional and geographical key vocabulary. They will practise co-operation skills. Students will also develop descriptive writing skills and the ability to categorise and sort geographical features (post-visit).
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Feedback from teachers who have used this resource on an Isle of Wight school trip:
The pack was very useful and the spotting activities were very popular. Even though the pack was for use on the visit, I used it to plan the lesson before the trip. We looked at what human and physical features were and I used some of the pictures in the pack in our PowerPoint to introduce some of the features in the area.
All the sections in the teacher's pack were used. I particularly liked the sections that say what the children need to have learnt before and skills and curriculum covered. The post visit tips were used too. We used the map of Southampton you created to place features on. All great fun.
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