Ferocious Flooding!

Students explore the causes and effects of flooding, focusing on a case study of Tewkesbury. 


By the end of this unit we expect that all students will: be able to describe the events that lead to flooding; know how people can be affected by a flood; give several physical causes of the Tewkesbury 2007 floods.

Most students will: understand that a variety of physical and human factors can lead to flooding; recognise some of the consequences of flooding; be able to explain the causes of the Tewkesbury 2007 floods.

Some learners will have made more progress and will: be able to explain how human and physical causes interact to produce flooding; be able to describe the ways in which floods affect individuals and communities; explain how the causes of the Tewkesbury 2007 floods interlink and rank the importance of each of the causes.

Key Assessments

The assessment for this unit is based on a case study of the Tewkesbury floods of 2007. Students spend some classroom time learning about the flooding in Tewkesbury before they write up their answer. They are supplied with a data sheet including an OS map of the local area, information about levels of rainfall, and quotes from local people affected by the flooding in Tewkesbury.

How to help your child

Encourage your child to draw a mind map to show the causes of flooding in Tewkesbury as a way of helping them to plan their written work for the assessment. They should try to link causes together, focusing on how human and natural causes interact to create severe flooding.

You can find information about the Tewkesbury 2007 floods here.

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