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Tuesday 2 Nov 2021
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  • 50 mins
  • 11-14, 14-16

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Farming versus flooding

Join NFU Education to learn about how extreme weather caused by climate change affects British farmers. This session will have a focus on flooding, an issue which has the potential to cause huge disruption to both urban and rural locations. Learn how British farmers are affected by the increasing threat of this phenomenon and how they are working with their environments to mitigate the short term and long term effects.

These live lessons will be of particular relevance to those studying Geography at GCSE.

Learning Outcomes
  • Physical geography – understand through detailed place-based exemplars the key processes relating to hydrology

  • Human/physical interactions – how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems

  • Systems – become aware of increasingly complex geographical systems in the world

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This lesson makes use of supporting resources. The two case study student sheets can be to used support learning during the lesson, while the exam question and reflection sheet are designed to be used after the lesson. The activity can be used before or after the lesson.

Session outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

The live lesson will open with an introduction to the session. The host will give any shout outs to participating students and schools.

2. Case study 1 - Lincolnshire (15 mins)

Henry Ward’s farm and the adjoining land flooded in 2019 leading to some of the most striking news footage of flooding in recent memory. We join him and his local flood risk adviser to discuss the story behind the ‘farm house island’

At each case study location we’ll look at why the flood happened including the natural and human causes, examine the data around the flooding and then talk to key stakeholders about how the events unfolded, what they are doing to prevent further damage to property and livelihoods.

3. Case study 2 – The Somerset Levels (15 minutes)

In winter 2013-14 much of Somerset was under water. 8 years later we return to Somerset to look at the lasting impact of the floods and meet those that are working within the farmed environment aiming to mitigate future flooding disruption on the levels.

At each case study location we’ll look at why the flood happened including the natural and human causes, examine the data around the flooding and then talk to key stakeholders about how the events unfolded, what they are doing to prevent further damage to property and livelihoods.

4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)

The last section allows for classes and students to ask further questions to clarify any of the points covered or to deepen their knowledge. The panel will include farmers as well as a representative from the Environment Agency.

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