Geography KS3 & 4: Fracking

Kristen, a year 9 student from Lancashire, looks into the advantages and disadvantages of fracking for gas.

In the course of her investigation she visits a major energy company that is drilling near her school.

She also talks to protesters camped outside the site, a local farmer who is concerned about the risks to his cattle and an energy expert.

At the end of the clip, Kristen sums up the arguments and gives us her view.

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

Teacher Notes

This could be used to demonstrate how geographical skills can be used to investigate a challenging topic.

Students could be asked to identify the types of people Kristen talks to and seeks input from - she listens to both protesters and advocates in an effort to hear both sides of the argument.

It could also be used as part of a series of lessons on energy supply in the UK and students could be asked to answer the question for themselves.

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: Intensive farming
Geography KS3/4: Controlling traffic pollution
Geography KS3/4: Coastal Erosion