Geography KS3: Erosion

A short film for secondary schools explaining the various types of erosion and illustrating the dramatic effect the process has had on landscapes across the world.

It charts the impact erosion has on landscapes and how different types of erosion cause the land to wear away in different ways.

This short film helps meet the requirement of the the Key Stage 3 national curriculum in geography requirement to develop and understanding of:

  • physical geography relating to: geological timescales and plate tectonics; rocks, weathering and soils; weather and climate, including the change in climate from the Ice Age to the present; and glaciation, hydrology and coasts.

Teacher Notes

This short film is an ideal tool to help students understand the varying processes of erosion and the impact that these have on landscapes.

As the film progresses, teachers can use it to annotate and describe in more detail the types of erosion and to discuss how these impact on human lives and activity.

Students can also discuss how they think humans can respond to erosion and to consider whether there are ways to reduce the impact of erosion on human life and activity.

Points for discussion:

  • What is erosion?

  • How has erosion changed the shape of the United Kingdom?

  • How can we reduce the impact of erosion?

  • Does erosion have more impact in some places than others, and why?

Suggested activities:

After viewing this short film, students could carry out studies of various locations that experience the four types of erosion shown.

They could also develop case studies on how landscapes have changed over time as a result of erosion.

Students could be asked to develop diagrams to explain how the processes of erosion happen in more detail and could then explore, through fieldwork, examples of these in context.

You could develop photo packs of landscapes in your locality, and ask students to explain in detail the processes that have led to the development of the features of these landscapes.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant for teaching geography at KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

More from this series:

Primary and secondary industries
Tertiary and quaternary industries
Plate tectonics
Rapid urbanisation
Coastal flooding
River flooding
Responses to flooding