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Year Seven Topic Three: Flooding​​​​​​​

This topic starts with the water cycle and also looks at the course of a river from source to mouth, before focusing on river flooding for the majority of the topic.  Students study the causes and effects of flooding in both the UK and Bangladesh.  They then look at the main ways of managing floods.



Knowledge acquired:

  • The sequence of the water cycle
  • The main characteristics of a river
  • The causes and effects of floods
  • How floods can be managed

Skills developed:

  • Interpreting a range of maps, plans, models and sets of data
  • Written communication – describing places and explaining patterns in more detail


  • Deepening understanding of the links between physical and human geographical characteristics.

Links to previous study (where applicable):

  • Links to the locational geography and the UK’s weather and climate from ‘Living in the UK’

Links to future study / the wider world (where applicable):

  • Links to Rivers, Coasts and Glaciation topic in Year 8 and Year 10
  • Links to Development topic in Year 8 and Year 11



Number of lessons: 8

Sequence of lessons: (some elements take more than one hour to deliver)

  1. The water cycle
  2. A river’s journey
  3. Why does it flood?
  4. Flooding in the UK and Bangladesh
  5. Managing floods

Main resources:

  • Teacher-prepared PowerPoint presentation and worksheets for each lesson
  • Geog.1 pages 82-84  and 94-99

Method of assessment:

  • Decision making exercise
  • Regular, low-stakes quizzes and memory recall activities throughout the topic

Use of assessments:

  • Recall activities used to inform on-going teaching and learning.
  • Decision making exercise: used to identify areas of strength and weakness in terms of knowledge and skills.  Areas of weakness addressed throughout the remainder of the course.