Why does Worcester flood? Simply put, it’s because it’s on a floodplain.
But what does this actually mean? And is it really that simple?
In this lesson, we explore the role of human and physical geography in contributing to the rising problem of flooding in the Worcester area. Students will also examine the social, economic and environmental impacts of flooding here by looking back at recent historical events.
- understand, through the use of detailed place-based exemplars at a variety of scales, the key processes in physical geography relating to hydrology
- understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate
- interpret Ordnance Survey maps in the classroom and the field, including using grid references and scale, topographical and other thematic mapping, and aerial and satellite photographs
- use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data
- AQA – How physical and human factors affect the flood risk – precipitation, geology, relief and land use
- CCEA – Recognise the impacts of flooding on people and the environment
- Edexcel A – The physical and human causes and effects of river flooding
- Edexcel B – How the interaction of physical and human processes is causing river flooding on one named river, including the significance of its location
- WJEC & Eduqas A – The ways in which physical factors, to include climate, vegetation and geology, affect discharge and annual regimes. Human factors (for example, changing land use) that result in river flooding. The analysis of hydrographs. A detailed study of the causes and effects of flooding in at least one location in Wales or elsewhere in the UK.
- WJEC & Eduqas B – Why do rivers flood and what are the consequences of flooding?
How to get there
This lesson is designed to be taught in a classroom. However, if you would like to visit Worcester with your class, please use either of the options below to help plan your journey.
The nearest station is Worcester Foregate Street.
If you would like to combine this lesson with a rail education workshop and complimentary rail familiarisation trip, please get in touch.