Canals Age 9-14 DOWNLOADABLE


This lesson explores the coming of canals, why they were needed, arguments for and against, the people who worked on them, their demise with the coming of railways, how they are used now.

Included in this lesson is also a piece of mapwork for students to plot sites for possible canals based on their knowledge.

Key skills are hotseating,characterisation, interviews, public meeting improvisation, dilemma, advert, tableau.

There is also a suggested layout to present a School Assembly based on the lessons.  

*Adaptation for a Classroom setting.


Curriculum For Excellence 

I can identify the possible consequences of an environmental issue and make informed suggestions about ways to manage the impact.

SOC 3-08a

Having investigated processes which form and shape landscapes, I can explain their impact on selected landscapes in Scotland, Europe and beyond.

SOC 3-07a

Having explored the ways journeys can be made, I can consider the advantages and disadvantages of different forms of transport, discussing their impact on the environment.

SOC 2-09a

Having explored my local area, I can present information on different places to live, work and relax and interesting places to visit.

SOC 2-10a

I can create, develop and sustain a realistic or stylised character through the use of voice, movement and language.

EXA 3-12a

I can respond to the experience of drama by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others’ work.

EXA 0-15a / EXA 1-15a / EXA 2-15a / EXA 3-15a

Having explored and analysed the features of spoken language, I can use these, adopting an appropriate register to suit my purpose and audience.

ENG 3-03a

When I engage with others, I can make a relevant contribution, encourage others to contribute and acknowledge that they have the right to hold a different opinion.

I can respond in ways appropriate to my role and use contributions to reflect on, clarify or adapt thinking.

LIT 3-02a

I can select ideas and relevant information, organise these in an appropriate way for my purpose and use suitable vocabulary for my audience.

LIT 2-06a

When listening and talking with others for different purposes, I can:

  • communicate information, ideas or opinions
  • explain processes, concepts or ideas
  • identify issues raised, summarise findings or draw conclusions.

LIT 3-09a


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