Geography KS3: A child led introduction to Sylt in Germany

A child led introduction to life on the North Frisian island of Sylt. Sylt is very close to the German mainland and mainland Denmark.

Connected by the Hindenburg causeway to the mainland, this 30km long island is at its thinnest point only a few hundred metres across.

It is covered in dunes and heathland, battered by the strong westerly winds from the North Sea on the west coast where it is constantly subjected to coastal erosion, but sheltered on the east where the Wadden Sea lies. The Wadden Sea is a world heritage site.

Helen is 11 years old and explains what life is like living on the island and how the impact of tourism and migration has changed the geography and life on the island.

With her friends, she shows us the Wadden Sea and the important conservation work being undertaken there.

This clip is from the series In My Shoes KS3.

Teacher Notes

Can be used during a module on Germany or coastal erosion and habitats.

Students could be asked to note down any aspect of Helen’s life that is similar or different to their own.

They could also be asked to take on notes the types of sea defences put in place on Sylt.

Finally, students could be asked to compare the two sides of the island and evaluate the conservation strategies in place.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd Level in Scotland.

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