Geography KS3: River flooding

A short film for secondary schools offering explanation of the causes and effects of river flooding. Footage shows examples of case studies of river flooding in the UK and across the world.

It looks at the impact of river flooding on communities and how patterns of flooding are changing over time.

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 river flooding and its causes.

It can be used to prompt a discussion on climate change and to get students to explore how climate change impacts on life for communities living close to rivers.

It provides an opportunity for students to consider whether or not there are links between climate change and river flooding and to critically reflect on the evidence presented as part of this investigation.

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, you could ask students to explore the impact of river flooding through case studies and fieldwork.

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

Using data, pupils could explore patterns and trends of flooding, both coastal and river, to determine if flooding is becoming more or less common.

Following this, students could critically reflect on measures and processes used to protect communities from river flooding and develop arguments for and against each of these protection measures.

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
Responses to flooding