Resource ID 107481

Upper KS2 Geography

Human and Physical Geography
Human Geography
"Ship Ahoy! Transport and Trade on Southampton Water"
Key Stage ED Squirrel
Resource Title
"Ship Ahoy! Transport and Trade on Southampton Water"
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107481 - Upper KS2 Low Ability [THIS DOCUMENT]

107482 - Upper KS2 High Ability


Students will practise identifying different types of vessel and recognising them in a real environment.

Contextual Summary

This is a Geographical Skills resource focusing on Transport & Trade, designed to be used while on board a Red Funnel Vehicle Ferry. It engages students with the shipping traffic of the UK’s Southern coastal region from Southampton Harbour via Southampton Water and the Solent to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The resource consists of on-site and post-visit activities, which belong together but can be used independently of each other. The resource enables students to develop their environmental awareness by observing, identifying and describing a variety of vessels in a busy shipping area and they are encouraged to work out what types of vessels are used for which purposes. The resources promote the use of directional language and geographical vocabulary in context and under field work conditions. Students can develop their understanding of the importance of shipping by researching different types of vessels, their cargo and their movements and routes. Finally, there is a frame work provided for students to use their tally to create a bar chart for presentation and discussion purposes.

Key Skills Practised
  • Focused and precise observation of maritime traffic
  • Categorisation of types of vessel
  • Presentation and analysis of data
Learning Opportunities


Students will learn to use satellite images, compare them to OS map of the same area and will become familiar with key concepts and vocabulary in this context.


Students observe and record, recognise and identify, communicate and co-operate. „ Students will gain knowledge & understanding of trade and transport on water by observing vessels and harbour facilities and by using the information provided. Their lateral thinking skills will be challenged and rewarded by matching vessels, cargo and harbour facilities correctly .On the trip they will use locational & directional language; Key Geographical Language; observational, communication and co-operational skills under fieldwork conditions.


Completion of the tally bar chart „ Complete investigation of trade activity, including annotating the world map (higher or mixed ability). „ Re-inforce learning by using the notes and tally made on trade and transport by annotating an A3 blank base map with shipping routes and information and creating a bar chart in which to present their Geographical data.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate and develop their understanding and acquire new knowledge about the close connection of transport and trade. Students will demonstrate & develop use of descriptive, directional and geographical key vocabulary. Students will practise co-operation skills. Students will develop geographical and mathematical presentational skills and the ability to categorise and differentiate between objects like vessels.

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