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 mainly on the physical geography of the area. The title of the resource: ‘Spit spotters’ gives it away – the aim is to learn all about spits! Students will learn some ‘background’ on the physical processes which lead to the development of spits (and indeed other landforms) i.e. long-shore drift and deposition. On board the ferry, they will learn about the stages in the development of spits, and their key characteristics, and they will have the opportunity to observe and sketch Calshot Spit as they pass close to it. On the higher ability worksheet, a further extension tasks also promotes students to consider the (many) human uses of the spit and the potential issues this might create. A follow-up, post-visit activity guides students to a website where they will conduct further independent research into Calshot Spit and produce a presentation.
Students will learn what long-shore drift is and how the process operates at the coast. They will also learn about deposition, and when deposition occurs to form landforms.
Students learn about the formation of spits, and they then make observations and draw a sketch of Calshot Spit as they pass.
Students conduct their own further research into the spit using an excellent website, and produce presentations of their findings (both through primary fieldwork, and secondary research).
Students will be able to define what long-shore drift is, and will be able to explain the process. Students will understand what deposition is, and be able to explain what conditions lead to deposition occurring. Students will be able to define what a spit is, and explain its formation. Students will know the key features of Calshot Spit. Students will conduct independent research to find out more about Calshot Spit, and will put their own findings together with this research into a presentation.