Three boys carry home emergency aid kits after Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Disaster strikes

These resources look at the impact disasters can have on the world’s poorest communities and what can be done to prepare for them and to reduce their impact.

Age: 7-11
Subject areas:

  • Geography/Environmental Studies
  • Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE)/Personal, social and emotional development (PSED)
  • Religious Education (RE)/Religious Studies (RS)

Hurricanes, droughts, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis... Our world is full of hazards. But hazards don’t always have to become disasters - and even when they do, there is so much that can be done to reduce the effects on people’s lives.

Aim and learning outcomes

These resources will help pupils to understand what disasters are and how Christian Aid works to support those worst affected.

By the end of this lesson, pupils should be able to:

  • identify a disaster
  • understand different types of disaster
  • recognise the practical and emotional impacts of a disaster
  • understand how people can prepare for and deal with disasters
  • identify the link between poverty and disaster risk
  • explain how the impacts of future disasters can be reduced
  • investigate the link between disasters and climate change
  • consider appropriate responses to a disaster

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Notes for teachers on the disaster strikes resources.

Disaster strikes is a 15-minute assembly that aims to help pupils understand more about disasters.

This interactive team game will help pupils work together to understand the devastating impact of a disaster on the lives of people living in poverty.

A selection of primary school activities about hazards and disasters.

Primary (key stage 2) curriculum links for our disaster strikes lesson.