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Flood management on the River Severn

River Severn

This resource, written by Andy Owen, is one of a range of resources which the GA has developed in partnership with the Environment Agency. It provides support for KS3 and GCSE geography students and focuses on flood management along the course of the River Severn.


This resource has been created to support student knowledge and understanding of:

  • the movement of water through the drainage basin
  • river processes and landforms of the upper and middle course of the River Severn
  • methods of river management used on the River Severn in the towns of Newtown and Shrewsbury.


The resource also reinforces a number of geographical skills including:

  • selection and presentation of data in suitable graphical form
  • ascribing meaning to interpret evidence in photographs
  • the annotation of photographs
  • decision making.

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Teacher Notes (PDF)
Flooding in the context of the KS3 curriculum (PDF)
Frankwell Flood Alleviation Scheme Shrewsbury (PDF)


  1. Course of River Severn (PPT)
  2. Describing the course of the River Severn (PDF)
  3. Drainage basin (PPT)
  4. Glossary of key words (PDF)
  5. Rainfall patterns (PDF)
  6. Flood risk in Shrewsbury (PDF)
  7. River management intro (PPT)
  8. How embankments work (PPT)
  9. Flood management in Shrewsbury (PPT)
  10. Layers of inference (PPT)
  11. Annotation activity (PPT)
  12. Flood risk in Shrewsbury (PDF)

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