Geography KS3: Glaciation

A short film for secondary schools explaining glaciation: what it is, how it shapes the land and the effects of climate change on the world’s glaciers.

The film gives examples of glacial processes and provides an opportunity for students to put these into context through fieldwork or by investigating secondary sources.

This short film helps provide an effective introduction to the AQA GCSE geography specification

Teacher Notes

This short film is an ideal tool to help students understand the processes of glaciation and how they shape and impact the landscape. It offers an understanding of the processes through illustrated visuals and footage of real landscapes to add context.

It can be used as a starting point to discuss and consider how glaciers have shaped landscapes in the past and how they continue to do so today.

It also provides an opportunity for students to discuss how climate change is impacting on glaciers and their processes.

Points for discussion:

  • What is a glacier?

  • How do glaciers shape the landscape?

  • What does glacial erosion look like?

  • How does glacial erosion impact on human life?

Suggested activities:

After watching this short film, students could explore how patterns of glacial erosion have shaped the landscape over time and which of these features can be seen today.

Students could carry out fieldwork in areas that have been shaped by glaciers to find examples of key features of glacial erosion and to investigate what has replaced glaciers today.

Can students find out how landscapes are changed by glacial erosion and then modified by other factors, for example rivers, in subsequent periods?

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