Geography KS1: Travelling on a canal boat

William Whiskerson meets Sophie and Harry on their narrow boat and they take a trip along the Birmingham and Worcester canal.

On their journey, William learns about the difference between canals and rivers and learns about the history of the canal.

He then travels through a tunnel and a lock then finally onto the River Severn.

Aerial shots and general views are combined with maps and graphics to illustrate the journey and key human and physical features of the environment.

This clip is from the series William Whiskerson.

Teacher Notes

After viewing the clip, ask pupils to find Worcester on a map of the UK.

They could go on to look at online maps of the Worcester area.

Can they spot the canal that William Whiskerson travelled along?

Ask: "What are the differences between a canal and a river?" After pupils have given their answers, replay the clip to check if they are right.

Pupils could go on to find other examples of canals on maps, perhaps using Google Earth to help them.

With freeze-frames from the clip as a source, the children could make model narrow boats, from boxes and other 'junk' materials.

Encourage pupils to make a cabin, a galley and sleeping berths inside their model boats.

After painting their models, they should give them a coat of PVA glue to waterproof them.

Pupils could try floating their models in a sink or bowl of water.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography.

This topic appears in KS1/KS2 in England and Northern Ireland, Knowledge and Understanding of the World Foundation Phase in Wales and Early/1st/2nd levels in Scotland.

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Fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast
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Growing and picking orchard fruit
How our milk gets from the farm to the shop
Life on the Isles of Scilly
Transport, travel and landmarks of London
Jobs and tourism in a seaside town
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