The history and 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 on Teachit Geography and for Key Stages 1 & 2 on Teachit Primary.

Somerset Coal Canal

 

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 canals and in developing the science of  geology in the 19th century.

The resources were published in celebration of the bicentenary of the publication of William Smith's famous geological map of the UK - the first ever of an entire country. They include a variety of  teaching approaches.

   


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

 

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Why did the Somerset Coal Canal fail?
Although based on the Somerset Coal canal, this resource could  … read more
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KS3 | Industrial Age: 1750-1900 | Published: 09/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Industrial Revolution
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Somerset Coal Canal – bingo
A ready-to-teach version of the speedy recap game using vocabulary  … read more
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KS3 | Industrial Age: 1750-1900 | Published: 09/05/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Industrial Revolution
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Children underground in coal mines in 1842
An evidence based resource examining child labour in the mines  … read more
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KS3 | Industrial Age: 1750-1900 | Published: 29/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Industrial Revolution
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Working underground word search
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KS3 | Industrial Age: 1750-1900 | Published: 22/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Industrial Revolution
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What is my life like in the coalmine?
A thought-provoking starter/extension activity which asks students  … read more
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KS3 | Industrial Age: 1750-1900 | Published: 08/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Industrial Revolution
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A Somerset Coal Canal sudoku
A quick, fun starter activity to introduce some relevant voc  … read more
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KS3 | Industrial Age: 1750-1900 | Published: 08/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Industrial Revolution
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