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 geography are available at Teachit Geography and for history at Teachit History.

Somerset Coal Canal

 

Transportation resources: canals

The resources below are for Key Stage 1 & 2 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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Investigating permeabilty - Somerset Coal Canal
A science experiment based on the construction of the Somerset  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Materials | Published: 30/05/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Modern Britain | Everyday materials
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Data handling – employment in the Somerset coalfields 1875-1950
A data handling exercise based on employment levels on the Somerset  … read more
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Y5 Y6 | Statistics | Published: 30/05/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Historical enquiry | Modern Britain | Graphs and charts | Canals
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Canal locks – then and now
A writing stimulus activity based on using photographs to encourage  … read more
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Writing composition | Published: 06/12/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Historical enquiry | General | Canals
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On the canal – word mat
A useful word mat resource for descriptive writing. Children  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4  | Published: 25/08/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Historical enquiry | Modern Britain | Canals
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The Somerset Coal Canal - Chopped up!
Three activities based on the creation of the Somerset Coal Canal  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 24/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Historical enquiry | Canals
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Count the sacks of coal
A number activity where children fill in the gaps on the sheet  … read more
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F Y1 | Number | Published: 24/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Number and place value | Canals
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Combe Hay locks 3 – Ten minutes, ten facts
A history starter activity encouraging children to make inferences  … read more
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Y5 Y6  | Published: 19/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Historical enquiry | Canals
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Combe Hay locks 2 – Ten minutes, ten facts
A history starter activity encouraging children to make inferences  … read more
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Y5 Y6  | Published: 19/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Historical enquiry | Canals
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Ten minutes, ten facts - On a barge
A history starter activity encouraging children to make inferences  … read more
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Y5 Y6  | Published: 19/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Historical enquiry | Canals
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Combe Hay locks 1 – Ten minutes, five sentences
A history starter activity using a photograph of a disused canal  … read more
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Y5 Y6  | Published: 19/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Historical enquiry | Canals
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Codewords activity - Somerset Coal Canal
A differentiated brainteaser based on keywords linked to the  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 09/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Historical enquiry | Canals
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Children working underground – what can you see?
Children analyse a nineteenth-century image of children working  … read more
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Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 09/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Historical enquiry | Victorians | Canals
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Label a canal scene
A labelling activity where children read key canal vocabulary  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Reading word level | Published: 09/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Canals
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Sentence writing activity - Somerset Coal Canal (Y1/Y2)
In this sentence writing activity, children are challenged to  … read more
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Y1 Y2 | Writing composition | Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar | Published: 09/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Basic punctuation | Simple sentences | Canals
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Canals - ten minutes, five sentences!
A writing prompt to help get children's ideas flowing about canals.  … read more
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Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6  | Published: 09/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Historical enquiry | Modern Britain | Canals
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Spot the difference: life on a canal barge (Y1/Y2)
Children study an image of a canal barge cabin from 1944, and  … read more
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Y1 Y2  | Published: 09/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Historical enquiry | Canals
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A canal word mat
A useful word mat for a canals topic.  … read more
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Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4  | Published: 03/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Historical enquiry | Modern Britain | Victorians | Canals
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Introduction to grid references - Somerset Coal Canal
A grid reference task based on a map provided by Somerset Coal  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4  | Published: 03/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Mapping skills and fieldwork | Places UK | Historical enquiry
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Find the distance - Somerset Coal Canal
Children use a table to find the distances between locations  … read more
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Y3 Y4  | Published: 25/04/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Historical enquiry | Modern Britain | Canals
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Life on a canal barge
A great historical enquiry activity. Children answer questions  … read more
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Y2 Y3 Y4  | Published: 25/04/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Human geography | Places UK | Historical enquiry | Modern Britain | Canals
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