KS3 and KS4 Geography
This webpage contains resources, activities and suggestions to complement the teaching of a case study on marine research aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4, focusing on prehistoric climate change.
You can visit the Using our teaching resources webpage to find out what is on offer.
This case study explores the methods archaeologists and geologists used to create maps showing the potential location of prehistoric archaeological material on the seafloor. These maps will inform marine planning, allowing us to use the sea sustainably without damaging our underwater heritage.
The case study supports the curriculum by providing a real-life application of science in the workplace. Areas of Britain’s seafloor were once dry land, where people could live. We examine how geologists and archaeologists reconstruct these landscapes, now submergedbeneath the surface of the water under the sea, to build up a picture of Britain’s past.
In particularly we will look at the effect of glaciations and climate change on the people that lived around Britain during, and at the end of, the Ice Age.
We recommend starting with the teacher pack, which has all the background information you need to understand this case study.
- Geography Teacher Pack (PDF)
- How did climate change affect prehistoric people?(PowerPoint Presentation)
- How did climate change affect prehistoric people?(PDF version)
Lesson Image Bank
Click on the link and scroll back down to view the images in the lesson image bank.
- Be a Seafloor Explorer (online web game)
Interactive Whiteboard Lessons (currently SMART board)
- What did you find on the seafloor?
- Studying environmental remains
- What animals lived here in the past?
- Prehistoric Climate Change Animation (download film as MP4 file)
- Link to Explore the Seafloor You Tube channel
- Link to Explore the Seafloor Vimeo channel
You can find the Palao-arun reconstruction at Wessex Archaeology’s own channels.
- Fly through: palaeo-Arun prehistoric reconstruction (download film as MP4 file)
- Prehistoric Climate Timechart (PDF poster)
Explore the Seafloor website also offers
- Information about each Regional Enviornmental Characterisation
- Image Bank
- Marine Careers
- Explore the Seafloor: Interactive map
- Online GISTakes data with a known geographic position and places it on a map. It allows you to view, analyse and interpret data to reveal relationships and patterns. Acronym for Geographic Information Systems
- Scientific Data (graphs, tables and figures taken from the original reports)
- Links to other MALSFMarine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund outreach material, the original RECRegional Environmental Characterisation survey - a scientific research project to assess the physical (geology), biological (ecology) and archaeological environment of a particular study area. reports and much more.