Disaster Zone


These resources are developed by Christian Aid for those aged 11-14. It looks at some of the world's natural disasters such as earthquakes, storms and floods to think about what we can do to prepare for and respond to them.


On completion PSYV's will be able to:

  • consider ways to participate in informed responsible action in relation to natural disasters which affect us all around the globe

  • examine topical issues

  • investigate important issues of relevance to UK and globally using a range of skills


Group room or classroom


1 to 12 x 30 minute blocks.




Haiti case study

Phillippines case study

Intro Activity

To get started have a look at this video by Jahaziel called 'My Story'

Now discuss these questions:

  • What is Jahaziel rapping about?

  • What country is it about?

  • What is happening there?

  • Why should we care?

[Tip: The discussion can be in pairs or small groups and each group feeds back to each other]

Now follow the teaching guide

Or alternatively you can select one or more of the activities from the guide.

The guide contains the following:

Activity 1: What Happened Here? The purpose is to apply critical thinking in relation to information and images.

Activity 2: Defining Disaster Exploring what we mean by disaster.

Activity 3: What Makes a Disaster? Explaining the factors that result in disaster.

Activity 4: Mapping Disasters Considering disasters in the context of human impact.

Activity 5: Disasters in the News Analysing media coverage of disasters.

Activity 6: Poverty and Disasters Understanding how and why disasters have the greatest impact on people living in poverty.

Activity 7: Coping with Disaster Investigating what communities need to cope with disaster.

Activity 8: Case Studies Exploring the earthquake in Haiti and flooding in the Philippines.

Activity 9: Are Disasters Natural? Exploring the difference between 'natural' and 'man-made' disasters.

Activity 10: The impact of Climate Change Making the link beween climate change and increasing frequency and intensity of some types of disasters.

Activity 11: Responding to a New Disaster Considering appropriate responses

Watch the Earthquake in Haiti Film.

Watch the 2nd Earthquake in Haiti Film.

Follow Up

A fun and engaging way to follow up this topic is to play the Emergency Exit Simulation Game.


Once you have delivered this session, complete this review.

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