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WIGHTLINK FERRIES


EVERYTHING A TEACHER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT WIGHTLINK FERRIES

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WIGHTLINK FERRIES, Portsmouth


"Part of Island Life"

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Every year, we carry over 4.8 million passengers, making us one of the UK's largest domestic ferry operators. We provide Island residents with an easy and frequent service to the mainland, as well as giving millions of holidaymakers a taste of Island life.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE

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REMEMBER: Our resources are included FREE of charge when booking your trip via Education Destination!

Educational Resources available at Wightlink Ferries

Our qualified and experienced teachers have worked closely with Wightlink Ferries to develop a range of high quality curriculum-relevant learning resources and activities to help you and your students get the most out of a visit. These cover many subjects and age groups, and are a mix of pre-visit, on-site and post-visit activities to support your preferred teaching style.

To find suitable resources, first select the appropriate Key Stage and then scroll down to your subject below.

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SORRY - no Key Stage 1 resources currently available at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues


FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

We have identified the following additional learning opportunities at Wightlink Ferries for Key Stage 1 students, which we hope to produce in due course. If you could make use of this, please click to vote and we'll raise the priority!

SubjectUnitTopicSummary
ScienceChemistryEveryday MaterialsEveryday materials and their uses: identifying a variety of materials and their use on the ferryVote
GeographyPlace KnowledgeIdentifying Geographical DifferencesHuman & Physical Geography: understand similarities and differencesVote
GeographyPhysical GeographyUse basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical featuresVote
HistoryLocal History StudySignificant Historical Events in LocalityRegional history relating to ferriesVote
MathematicsMeasurementMass and WeightTasks relating to the mass and weight of the vessel, laden and unladenVote
EnglishReadingUnderstanding TextsHow symbols represent wordsVote
P.S.H.E.Working with othersTeamworkLandmark-spotting challengeVote
SORRY - no Lower Key Stage 2 resources currently available at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues


FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

We have identified the following additional learning opportunities at Wightlink Ferries for Lower Key Stage 2 students, which we hope to produce in due course. If you could make use of this, please click to vote and we'll raise the priority!

SubjectUnitTopicSummary
ScienceChemistryEveryday MaterialsEveryday materials and their uses: identifying a variety of materials and their use on the ferryVote
GeographyHuman and Physical GeographyHuman GeographyIdentify key human featuresVote
GeographyGeographical Skills and FieldworkMapping SkillsUse simple compass directions, locational and directional language Vote
HistoryLocal History StudySignificant Historical Events in LocalityRegional history relating to ferriesVote
MathematicsStatistics / Handling DataMass and WeightProblems using length, mass, volume, capacity etc.Vote
EnglishReadingComprehensionReading and answering simple questionsVote
EnglishReadingUnderstanding TextsHow symbols represent wordsVote
EnglishWriting (Composition)Creative WritingThrough the eyes of... (ferry related)Vote
EnglishGrammar & VocabularyMaritime TerminologyIdentify and label key areas of the ship using correct maritime terminologyVote
Art & DesignCreativity in Art & DesignSketch a section of the journey, recording observationsVote
P.S.H.E.Working with othersTeamworkLandmark-spotting challengeVote
P.S.H.E.Health and WellbeingStaying SafeHealth and safety on the vessels. Roles and responsibilities.Vote
SORRY - no Upper Key Stage 2 resources currently available at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues


FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

We have identified the following additional learning opportunities at Wightlink Ferries for Upper Key Stage 2 students, which we hope to produce in due course. If you could make use of this, please click to vote and we'll raise the priority!

SubjectUnitTopicSummary
SciencePhysicsForcesIdentifying effects of air resistance, water resistance and frictionVote
GeographyLocational KnowledgeLocation of places and environmentsName and location cities and geographical regions and their identifying characteristicsVote
GeographyPlace KnowledgeIdentifying Geographical DifferencesUnderstand geographical similarities and diffrences through the study of human and physical geographVote
GeographyHuman and Physical GeographyPhysical GeographyIdentify how landforms are createdVote
GeographyHuman and Physical GeographyHuman GeographyHuman geography including types of settlement, land use, economic activity Vote
GeographyGeographical Skills and FieldworkMapping SkillsUse maps and digital mapping to describe featuresVote
HistoryLocal History StudySignificant Historical Events in LocalityRegional history relating to ferriesVote
MathematicsStatistics / Handling DataInterpreting timetables, vehicle numbers etc. Comparison problems using graphs. Vote
EnglishReadingComprehensionReading and answering questions, analysing fact and opinionVote
EnglishWriting (Composition)Creative WritingThrough the eyes of... (ferry related)Vote
EnglishGrammar & VocabularyMaritime TerminologyIdentify and label key areas of the ship using correct maritime terminologyVote
Art & DesignCreativity in Art & DesignSketch a section of the journey, recording observationsVote
P.S.H.E.Working with othersTeamworkLandmark-spotting challengeVote
P.S.H.E.Health and WellbeingStaying SafeHealth and safety on the vessels. Roles and responsibilities.Vote
SORRY - no Key Stage 3 resources currently available at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues


FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

We have identified the following additional learning opportunities at Wightlink Ferries for Key Stage 3 students, which we hope to produce in due course. If you could make use of this, please click to vote and we'll raise the priority!

SubjectUnitTopicSummary
SciencePhysicsMotion and ForceDescribing motion: speed and qualitative relationships in relation to boatsVote
SciencePhysicsForcesForces: forces acting upon the shipVote
SciencePhysicsForcesForces: pressure in fluids, increasing with depth, floating and sinkingVote
SciencePhysicsMotion and ForceForces for change and motion; forces required to cause objects to stop/start movingVote
ScienceChemistryProperties and Changes of MaterialsMaterials and how/why they change - study the effects of sea waterVote
GeographyHuman and Physical GeographyPhysical GeographyUnderstand key processes in physical geography Vote
GeographyHuman and Physical GeographyHuman GeographyHuman geography relating to population and urbanisation etc.Vote
GeographyGeographical Skills and FieldworkMapping SkillsBuild students' knowledge of globes, maps and atlasesVote
HistoryLocal History StudyTransport in Britain study of localityVote
MathematicsStatistics / Handling DataInterpreting ferry data - range of applied maths practice tasksVote
MathematicsMeasurementEstimationEstimation tasks relating to ferry operationsVote
EnglishReadingComprehensionAnalysis of factsVote
EnglishWriting (Composition)Creative WritingThrough the eyes of... (ferry related)Vote
Art & DesignCreativity in Art & DesignSketch a section of the journey, recording observationsVote
P.S.H.E.Working with othersTeamworkLandmark-spotting challengeVote
SORRY - no Key Stage 4 resources currently available at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues


FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

We have identified the following additional learning opportunities at Wightlink Ferries for Key Stage 4 students, which we hope to produce in due course. If you could make use of this, please click to vote and we'll raise the priority!

SubjectUnitTopicSummary
SciencePhysicsMotion and ForceDescribing motion: speed and qualitative relationships with respect to boatsVote
SciencePhysicsMotion and ForceForces on the vesselVote
GeographyHuman and Physical GeographyCoastsCoastal areas as a valuable economic and environmental resourceVote
GeographyHuman and Physical GeographyCoastsDescribe and explain the reasons for the growth of human and economic activity in coastal areasVote
GeographyHuman and Physical GeographyCoastsIllustrate the range of human activities found in a coastal areaVote
GeographyHuman and Physical GeographyCoastsExplore issues arising out of the conflict between economic development and conservationVote
SORRY - no Key Stage 5 resources currently available at this venue View this key stage across ALL venues
SORRY - no Post 16 / Adult resources currently available at this venue View appropriate resources across ALL venues
Coming soon!

We are currently working with Wightlink Ferries to determine the scope for educational resources and we will be announcing these very soon.

Usually from this stage we publish a list of planned resources within approx. 1 month and actual useable documents within 3-6 months.


SITE ACCESSIBILITY


The following information is not intended to form a comprehensive access statement; it is provided to highlight particular areas of concern for disabled visitors. We do not warrant that this information is fit for purpose or accurate. Education Destination will happily assist with gathering information in respect of particular concerns, or help you arrange an inspection visit.

To help you determine whether Wightlink Ferries is suitable for your particular students, we've summarised any accessibility issues for you in the section below.

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Wightlink Passenger Ferries

Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Fully accessible except for outdoor sun deck area. Staff on-hand to assist with boarding and alighting.

Wightlink Vehicle Ferries

Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Fully accessible, including WC. Lifts provided to at least one passenger deck.



SCHEDULING YOUR VISIT


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Opening Dates, Times and Restrictions

Many Island venues and attractions, especially those outdoors, have limitations on opening times during the year. Additionally, some have limits on the number of group tours on any given date for safety and capacity reasons.

This section helps you identify whether Wightlink Ferries has any such restrictions during your preferred visit dates.

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Crossings take up to 45 minutes depending on route

Open all year




Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs about Wightlink Ferries

This section shows commonly asked questions with comprehensive answers.

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Q: DOES THE POOL HAVE A LIFEGUARD?
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A: No. Schools may supervise using their own suitably qualified staff, or we may be able to hire in a local lifeguard on a per-session basis. The majority of schools have risk assessed the pool facility and allow its use under staff supervision.

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SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS


Helping you come prepared!

In this section we've highlighted any special clothing or equipment you'll need to bring in order to get the most out of a visit to Wightlink Ferries

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There are no special requirements for a visit to Wightlink Ferries.


SITE SPECIFIC DOCUMENTATION


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All of the supporting documentation you'll need

One of the most common issues faced by teachers when planning trips is ensuring that all of the relevant paperwork is in place, and that the lead teacher and their assistants are fully briefed about each venue before they arrive.

Our experienced teachers have done most of this work for you. In this section you'll find a sample Risk Assessment covering all of the typical activities undertaken at Wightlink Ferries by groups of students, along with a detailed "On The Day" Procedure which sets out everything you need to know about the site before you get there.

If there are any other mandatory considerations, such as HSE advice sheets for animal attractions or outdoor activity centres, you'll also find these below.

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GENERIC RISK ASSESSMENT

We do not hold a generic risk assessment for this venue at present, although we are working on this and it will be published in advance of any visits booked here.

We appreciate that you may need to conduct your own assessment, and we will happily arrange a site visit for you. Simply contact us to request this.



ON-THE-DAY PROCEDURE

COMING SOON! - we're currently working on this document and it will be published in advance of any visits booked here.




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LOCATION

Wightlink Ferries is located at:

Gunwharf Road
Portsmouth
PO1 2LA


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