Resources for teachers: natural disasters

We have collated some articles and resources that may be beneficial for teachers in talking to students about recent natural disasters and any feelings they have relating to this.

External resources:

Please note, the Chartered College is not responsible for the content on the following sites.

For educators:

Disasters and emergencies teaching resources – British Red Cross

How to talk to children about natural disasters – UNICEF

KS3 Lessons plans for natural hazards – TES

A whole school approach to loss and bereavement – GDGLGG Edinburgh

For the classroom:

What is a tsunami – BBC

Geography KS3: Earthquakes – BBC

Geography KS3: Flooding – BBC

Geography KS3: Natural disasters and response – BBC

KS3: Climate change and extreme weather including case studies on landslides and wild fires – BBC

Chartered College of Teaching resources

Resources that will help to address any concerns that arise relating to pupil mental health:

Supporting pupil mental health: Trauma

Supporting pupil mental health: Anxiety

Supporting wellbeing through the arts

Webinar: Bereavement – Pedagogy in practice

Webinar: Supporting bereaved children

Education in Times of Crisis – Chapter 2 of our first report explores evidence on natural disasters and their potential impact on students.

How to support students experiencing trauma in your classroom – a research review based on elements from the Education in times of crisis report.

Organisations that offer support to children on grief, bereavement and loss:

Winston’s Wish – provides resources, including lesson plans, for schools to support grieving students

Online Learning for Schools – Child Bereavement UK

Grief Awareness toolkit for schools – Child Bereavement Network.

Help global appeals:





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