Geography KS3: Responses to flooding

A short film for secondary schools explaining the common responses to flooding and the methods employed to prevent and reduce flooding. Footage shows examples of hard and soft engineering techniques.

It considers a range of responses to flooding and gives students the opportunity to determine which they believe are most effective and why.

It helps meet the requirement of the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum in Geography 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 how humans respond to flooding. Combined with these two earlier films on coastal flooding and river flooding, this brings together the responses to, and impacts of, both types of flooding.

It can be used to prompt discussion about which responses to flooding are most effective and which have the greatest impact, both positively and negatively.

You could use the film to demonstrate the range of responses to flooding and students could then consider whether or not they have seen these in their local area. Students can then can find out more about them.

Points for discussion:

  • What is flooding?
  • What causes coastal flooding?
  • What causes river flooding?
  • How do humans respond to the risk of flooding?
  • Are responses to coastal flooding different to responses to river flooding?
  • Are patterns of flooding changing?
  • Can we predict when flooding will happen?

Suggested activities:
After watching the film, students can explore the impact of river flooding and/or coastal flooding on an area through case studies and fieldwork.

Students could explore mechanisms to protect communities located close to rivers, and/or coastal communities, and explore the impact that such measures have.

Using data, students could explore patterns and trends of flooding, both coastal and river, and determine if cases of flooding are becoming more or less common.

Following this, students could develop arguments for and against the different protection measures often used and critically evaluate each of these.

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