Rivers: Levees, Floodplains and Estuaries

AQA GCSE Geography lesson for the new specification Unit 1C: In this lesson we look at depositional features found in the lower course of a river.

The starter is a a countdown retrieval practice quiz with dramatic countdown music!

We start by looking at natural levees and how they are formed. The pupils create a sequence of diagrams to show their formation based on information on the board. They are provided with outline drawings to start with to save time. We then look at the formation of floodplains. The pupils create a diagram based on the instructions on the board without actually seeing the diagram, but there is an example if they are struggling and they are given an outline floodplain to start with. We then look at the formation of estuaries. The pupils annotate a photograph to show the different features of the estuary formed by deposition. We finish on a 4 mark question on the formation of floodplains that was in an exam in 2017. I usually model the answer after the pupils have had a go.

In a nutshell lesson includes:

Retrieval practice grid starter.
Formation of levees sequential diagram.
Formation and features of a floodplain diagram activity with outline.
Photo annotation for estuaries.
4-mark GCSE question with guidance.

Hope this saves you some valuable planning time.


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