While crossing the Solent, and travelling up/down Southampton Water aboard their Red Funnel ferry, students will get the opportunity to experience first-hand what the area is like today. They will be provided with historical information to inform them of what the area was once like and, through the activities they will be completing, they will come to understand how and why the physical geography of the area has changed.
This is a geography resource which engages students with the environment of Southampton Water and the Solent, whilst on their Red Funnel ferry journey across. It includes pre-visit, on-site, and post-visit activities. The resource task will help students to understand the physical geography processes that have shaped the Solent and Southampton Water historically, and to then appreciate how the physical characteristics of Southampton Water have enabled specific human activities to develop there. The resource will develop students’ geographical terminology by introducing new terms, and giving them the opportunity to demonstrate how these terms are correctly used. Supporting information and images will promote discussion and act as aides for students to complete the activities.
Students will familiarize themselves with the geography of the area, using maps to locate key features, e.g. the main rivers, Southampton Water and The Solent. More able students could be encouraged to research the formation of The Solent / Southampton Water a little before the visit.
Students complete the post-visit activities as on their ability-relevant worksheet.
Students will be able to describe the location and key characteristics of the area. Students will gain an understanding of the physical processes that have led to the development of these present-day characteristics. Students will gain an understanding of the ways in which the physical environment can affect, and provide opportunities for, human development and activities.