Geography KS3: Primary and secondary industries

A short film for secondary schools explaining primary and secondary industries.

It will help students to understand the background of these industries and what each contributes to society and the country and how they are linked.

It covers the raw material harvest of primary industries and how these raw materials are processed, manufactured and changed, through secondary industries, into the products we use in our daily lives, such as cars.

It meets the requirement of the Key Stage 3 Geography Curriculum with regard to:

  • human geography relating to: population and urbanisation
  • international development economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors
  • the use of natural resources

Teacher Notes

This short film is an ideal tool to help students understand the supply and manufacturing chain. It can be used to aid discussion around the importance of both primary and secondary industries and how the country’s reliance on these has developed and changed over time.

As the film progresses, students can reflect on how their lives would be different without some of the products and materials that we may take for granted in our daily lives.

Points for discussion:

  • What is a primary industry?
  • What is a secondary industry?
  • How do these industries connect?
  • How have these industries changed over time?

Suggested activities:

After watching this short film, students could carry out a study of the industries in their local area; what are the main types of industry present and how have these changed over time?

Students could carry out fieldwork to explore land use in the area and begin to allocate this to the four industry types.

Through debate and further research, students could explore how they believe the footprint of industry will change again in the future.

Can students begin to consider the reasons for the change in industries and how this links to industry overseas?

They could consider the role of more and less economically developed countries.

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:

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