Geography KS3 & 4: Coastal erosion

Josh, a student from North Norfolk, investigates whether we should protect villages in danger from coastal erosion.

Josh visits the village of Happisburgh where he meets a local resident, a coastal engineer from North Norfolk District Council and a farmer, all of whom have very different ideas about the right approach to dealing with coastal erosion.

After listening to the arguments, Josh comes to a conclusion.

This clip is from the series Geography: The Big Issues.

Teacher Notes

This could be used as part of an investigation into the effectiveness of coastal defences in different parts of the UK.

Students could be asked to create a conflict matrix and record the conflicts outlined by each of the contributors.

Students could summarise the issues in a newspaper article and research other examples of these issues in the UK.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at Key Stage 3 and 4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd and 4th Level (S1/S2/S3) in Scotland.

More from the series Geography: The Big Issues

Geography KS3/4: Rewilding
Geography KS3/4: Using the greenbelt
Geography KS3/4: Fracking