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The geography of canals

The resources on this page have been created in collaboration with The Somersetshire Coal Canal and generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. More information is available from the Somersetshire Coal Canal Society  - we hope you enjoy using them!  

Additional resources to help teach canals at Key Stage 3 for history are available on Teachit History and for Key Stages 1 & 2 on Teachit Primary.

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Transportation resources: canals

The resources below are for Key Stage 3 students to explore the industrial heritage of canals and to place this in the larger context of Victorian canal expansion. Topics include the vital contribution that William Smith made in surveying for the canal and in developing the science of stratigraphy and geology in the 19th century.

The resources were published in celebration of the bicentenary of the publication of his famous geological map of the UK - the first ever of an entire country. They include a variety of physical, human, economic and issue-based teaching approaches.

   


The individual resources are available below, so that you can adapt them, print them, and access the PowerPoints.

 

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A canal odd one out
Although designed for schools with knowledge of the Somerset  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 09/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Somerset Coal Canal resources | Transportion | Canals
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What can you see? – A SATO observation of a canal landscape
Using an image of barges in a canal basin, this resource asks  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 09/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Somerset Coal Canal resources | Transportion | Canals
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William Smith, stratigraphy and Somerset coal
This resource considers the importance of coal in the nineteenth  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 20/04/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Somerset Coal Canal resources | Transportion | Canals
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A Somerset Coal Canal crossword and word fit puzzle
This resource can be used either as a crossword or as a word  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 06/04/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Somerset Coal Canal resources | Transportion | Canals
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A William Smith geological Sudoku
Can your students solve this Sudoku? The six words or phrases  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 06/04/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Somerset Coal Canal resources | Transportion | Canals
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Canal anagrams starter
A potential starter or plenary activity using key canal transportation  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 06/04/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Somerset Coal Canal resources | Transportion | Canals
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A Somerset Coal Canal crossword
Ideal as a starter or as a plenary, or possibly as a research  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 16/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Somerset Coal Canal resources | Transportion | Canals
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William Smith, the father of English geology
A series of questions and activities focussed on William Smith,  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 16/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Somerset Coal Canal resources | Transportion | Canals
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The canal today – what can you see?
The student is asked a series of ten SATO questions using a photograph  … read more
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KS3 | Changing rural environments | Geography skills | Published: 09/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Somerset Coal Canal resources | Transportion | Canals
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Investigating a canal landscape with a haiku
Students consider the geography of an abandoned industrial location  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 02/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Industry | Somerset Coal Canal resources | Transportion | Canals
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What can you see? – A SATO observation of an industrial landscape
Using a SATO - 'senses, action, time and overall' approach, this  … read more
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KS3  | Published: 24/02/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Industry | Somerset Coal Canal resources | Transportion | Canals
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