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NEW! Flooding in Tewkesbury: a case study

Geography: Ideal for KS2 & KS3. For other years, please get in contact to discuss.

KS2: Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle. Human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water

KS3 Human & physical geography, understanding how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate

In July 2007, Tewkesbury was badly hit by floods which had a catastrophic impact on the town. The effects included the flooding of hundreds of homes and businesses, loss of power and water, and loss of life. Located between two rivers – both of which burst their banks – this session looks at the causes and consequences of the flood, as well as considering the larger issues of flood prevention and environmental disasters. Pupils will explore the heart of Tewkesbury and the floodplain, hear from locals regarding their experiences and information gather before sharing their findings as a group.

Many thanks to the Gloucestershire Echo & the Environmental Agency for providing resources.

Summer floods, of course, are rare and therefore catastrophic. They ruin the crops and catch the farmers’ stock in the river meadows. Nobody is prepared for them. This flood [the Great Flood of 1924] soon began to bring down with it not only debris but a strange harvest from the river’s upper reaches. Haycocks, half submerged like ice-bergs; empty boats, torn from light summer moorings; drowned cattle, sheep and pigs; a carthorse, swimming, which someone skilfully lassoed and dragged ashore.

John Moore

Come rain, come shine (1956)

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