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Red Funnel Ferries

Resource ID 107231

KS4 Geography

Human and Physical Geography
Coasts
"Location Location Location! Southampton Water"
Key Stage ED Squirrel
Resource Title
"Location Location Location! Southampton Water"
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107231 - KS4 Low Ability [THIS DOCUMENT]

107232 - KS4 High Ability

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On 13/12/2021 we identified that this resource may be slightly outdated:

Part of this resource references Fawley Power Station. This facility is currently being demolished and whilst some parts are still visible, this may not be the case by the time you make your Isle of Wight visit.

Précis

Students will be able to explain the physical characteristics that made this a good site for the development of the settlement of Southampton. Students will also be able to explain the additional characteristics that led to the development and growth of the port facilities and of industry at Fawley.

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 reasons for the development of the settlement of Southampton, and for the development of the port and industry on Southampton Water. In the pre-visit activity students examine the physical characteristics which made this a good site for the settlement, and use an OS map extract to identify and label these characteristics. More able students will stretch their thinking by then considering the human and physical characteristics which have influenced the growth of the city over time. While on board the ferry, students then use a variety of different sources (OS maps, factual information and photos) to gather evidence to support their ideas from the pre-visit activity i.e. to find evidence of the characteristics that make this a good location for the port. They will also be looking at the location of Fawley oil refinery and producing a labelled field sketch to show why this was a good location for this industrial development. Finally, the post-visit activity is a stimulating dragons' den-style task whereby students work in groups to select the best site for a new port development and ‘pitch’ their ideas in a presentation.

Key Skills Practised
  • Understanding key processes in human geography (human activities; settlement, land use, economic activities - industry)
  • Observation of, and analyzing, OS maps; labelling and annotating maps
  • Conducting fieldwork by making observations and applying their observations to a specific task
  • Decision-making and working collaboratively with peers to produce presentations (post-visit activity)
Learning Opportunities

Pre-Visit

Students will familiarise themselves with the characteristics which make a site an ideal location for a settlement, and they will also consider the additional characteristics necessary for the development of port and industrial activities.

On-Site

Students use their own observations, as well as the variety of information displayed in different ways on the worksheet to complete the tasks on the ferry.

Post-Visit

Students complete the post-visit activity, which involves deciding the best location for new port facilities / docks and present their ideas.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to explain the physical characteristics that made this a good site for the development of the settlement of Southampton. Students will also be able to explain the additional characteristics that led to the development and growth of the port facilities and of industry at Fawley. Students will make observations and interpret information from a variety of different sources. Students will work in groups to work through a decision-making exercise, and produce a presentation of their ideas (post-visit activity).

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