SHIP AHOY! SHIPS, VESSELS AND CARGO ON SOUTHAMPTON WATER
Designed to support a school trip to Red Funnel Ferries
GEOGRAPHY Lower 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. As a post-visit activity they have the opportunity to develop their geographical and mathematical skills by creating a map showing vessels and their origins, and creating a bar chart representing the different types of vessel.
This is a Human Geography resource focusing on vessels and cargo; it is designed to be used while on board a Red Funnel Vehicle Ferry. The resource engages students with the shipping traffic 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 traffic in a busy shipping area including identification of types of vessels used for different purposes. There are post-visit options as outlined at the end of this teacher note, designed to reinforce learning and develop understanding of the importance of shipping traffic for trade, industry, leisure & tourism.
The on-site task offers an opportunity to identify and differentiate between different types of vessels commonly found in a larger port area. It also allows for a more in-depth study of the purposes of these vessels. Lastly, the post-visit tally of different vessels can be used in
a Maths activity to create a bar chart. Also, as an extension, students are invited to think about the reliability of data gathered by different observers. Working in pairs, there is opportunity to use and develop key geographical vocabulary and practise practical co-operation and team work in field work conditions. For larger groups, there is a bonus task that can be used to collect and analyse the registration data from ships for later investigative work. The four optional post-visit activities refer back to the Red Funnel trip and expect students to use their newly gained experience and knowledge to see traffic and transport in a wider sense.
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. They have the opportunity to prepare for the trip by watching and discussing the links mentioned above.
During the Visit
Students observe and record, recognise and identify, communicate and co-operate.
Completion of the tally bar chart Complete investigation for the bonus activity, including annotating the world map.
Students will demonstrate and develop their understanding of and will acquire knowledge about the close connection of transport and trade. They will demonstrate and develop use of geographical key vocabulary, practise co-operation skills; develop geographical and mathematical presentational skills and the ability to categorise vessels.
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Feedback from teachers who have used this resource on an Isle of Wight school trip:
The children learnt a lot about boats! They enjoyed this and didn't realise they were doing maths! We used our data in ICT to make bar charts when we got back. I think the best thing about the trip was that it was different and exciting to be on a boat and the children didn't realise they were learning!!
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