This is a geography resource which engages students with the human and physical Geography of Portsmouth Harbour and the surrounding area of the Solent, while on their ferry crossing to/from the Isle of Wight. It includes pre-visit, on-site, and post-visit activities.
This resource focuses on students learning about the physical and the human characteristics of the ‘geography’ of the settlement of Portsmouth and the wider area on this stretch of the Solent coast. The resource leads students through knowing what the key terms associated with the topic area are, and understanding what they mean. Students learn the meaning of the term ‘site’, and they examine what makes a good, and not such a good, site for a settlement. Through map work and photo interpretation students then examine the physical and human geography of the site of the settlement of Portsmouth. They also learn a little about the human geography features and characteristics of Portsmouth Harbour today, prior to seeing them whilst on the ferry.
Students will learn what the key terms (physical and human Geography, site and land use) mean, and will also learn about the physical and human characteristics of Portsmouth as a settlement.
Students will make observations from the ferry in order to understand the physical and human geography of Portsmouth, and Portsmouth Harbour specifically, and the wider Solent area.
Students summarise what they have learned through a group work task to develop and deliver presentations.
Students will be able to define what physical Geography and Human Geography is, and also the terms ‘site’ and ‘land use’. Students should be able to describe the physical and human geography of Portsmouth Harbour and the surrounding area of the Solent, including the role of defence both past and present. Students will make and record observations about what the harbour and Solent is like, both the physical and the human features. Students will develop presentations in groups to summarise what they have learnt.