The Future Of Canals
Key Stage 3
This lesson examines the past history of freight transport on the British canal system, and asks whether it is possible for freight carrying to be redeveloped in the 21st century.
- Geographical Enquiry and Skills 1d Breadth of Study K Resource Issues iii
- To understand that the British canal system was originally constructed for carrying freight and not for leisure craft.
- To understand the reasons why freight carrying declined in the 19th and 20th centuries.
- To examine the reasons why canal transport may represent a positive option for the carrying of certain types of freight in the 21st century.
- All children will learn that canal transport is a relatively green mode of transport with a low carbon footprint.
- Most children will understand that canals may be used again in the future to carry commercial freight as part of a sustainable British transport network.
- Some children will understand the complex economic and political factors that will affect the return of commercial freight carrying.