Resource ID 107221

KS4 Geography

Human and Physical Geography
"Troubled Waters! Investigating conflict on Southampton Water"
Key Stage ED Squirrel
Resource Title
"Troubled Waters! Investigating conflict on Southampton Water"
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Students will learn about the human characteristics of a specific coastal environment (Southampton Water/The Solent) and consider how humans are using this area, through the types of activities that they can observe taking place there. They will be considering how conflict may occur between the different activities that they see taking place, and develop this further by then investigating the ways in which these conflicts and issues can be managed to ensure that the area is safe and accessible for all to enjoy.

Contextual Summary

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 to and/or from the Isle of Wight. It includes pre-visit, on-site, and post-visit activities. This resource focuses on the human geography of the area; specifically, the different types of human activities that students can see taking place on and around the water. They will focus primarily on activity on the water, and students will be able to observe a wide range of different types of vessels. Based on their observations, students will start to consider the potential for conflict between different users groups, and complete a conflict matrix while on board the ferry. They will then look for navigational / safety measures for the ferry and start to think about how these measures help to reduce conflict and manage the area for the needs of all users.

Key Skills Practised
  • Understanding key processes in human geography (human activities; land use, economic activities and recreation)
  • Observation of, and analyzing, images; labelling and annotating images
  • Conducting fieldwork by making observations and producing a conflict matrix, and recording informa- tion accurately using an appropriate key
  • Working collaboratively with peers.
Learning Opportunities


Students will familiarize themselves with the term ‘conflict’ and start to consider potential conflicts through an image-interpretation task.


Students complete the conflict matrix and safety/navigation management exercise, on the ED worksheet.


Students complete the post-visit activity, which involves further research into conflicts in Southampton Water/The Solent, and how this is being managed, and present their findings (including their primary fieldwork findings).

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to define the term ‘conflict’ and be able to give some examples of likely conflicts between different users of Southampton Water / The Solent. Students will learn what a conflict matrix is, and will develop and complete their own. Students will observe different management strategies, and explain how they might address safety/navigation issues. Students will produce a presentation of their findings; both primary (fieldwork) and secondary (internet research).

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