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Community resilience resources for schools

Want to find out how to prepare for emergencies and keep yourself and other safe? Keep reading and find out how this key message can be used as an exciting approach to teaching and learning.

Download this flyer for exciting ways to integrate flooding, severe weather and other resilience issues into CfE.

CaptureRead these case studies to see what this looks like in practice.

 

 

See at a glance how you can take this forward in the classroom:

Health and Wellbeing – responsibility of all

Are you ready for severe weather, utility failure, flooding or pandemics? Make sure you know whatwhin-park-flooding-sepa to do.  Stay informed, pack a kit, make a plan.

Literacy

Our climate is changing and communities across Scotland are becoming increasingly affected by extreme weather events and flooding which can block roads, destroy homes and lead to loss of power for thousands of people. This can be used as an exciting context for:

  • report writing on the impact of severe weather on daily life in Scotland
  • talk/presentation at assembly and to the whole class
  • debating local issues like flood protection schemes and staying safe in emergencies
  • creating new written texts like an information leaflet or a safety brochure.

Social studies/geography

Are you doing work around natural disasters, weather, land use, map work?

Use community resilience as an exciting approach to cover these topics. By working with local authority resilience professionals you could gain access to information about flood plains, flood protection schemes and other areas of interest in the local area. Local authorities can share data and images from sensors, such as from traffic monitoring, to bring the learning to life in the classroom.  Contact your local authority to discover what may be available to help your school learn about community resilience.

Science

Scotland’s climate is changing as a result of climate change, so we are getting colder and wetter winters and hotter and wetter summers. Use community resilience as an exciting context to explore these issues.

  • explain some of the processes which contribute to climate change
  • consider how climate change influences changes in the atmosphere and then how this impacts on living things
  • investigate how severe weather can affect daily life in short, medium and long term, considering impact on social, economic and cultural life
  • create and use rain gauges as part of a project monitoring and analysing the weather in the local area
  • create anemometers to measure wind speed.

Technology

Use community resilience as an exciting context to:

  • design rain gardens, green roofs, identify ways to harvest rainwater
  • identify the impact, contribution, and relationship of technologies on the environment through flood protection schemes14677863_678528988971564_410767113_o-1
  • design and construct models to illustrate how sustainable urban drainage systems work
  • explore uses of materials
  • create and present weather forecasts based on personal research
  • investigate the impact of severe weather on people, place and the economy, on a local, national or international level.

 Numeracy and mathematics

Community resilience can be used as an exciting context to solve problems using a range of methods, sharing approaches and solutions with others e.g. money, measurement, data and analysis, chance and uncertainty:

  • use digital mapping and other information sources to work out how much salt is required to help clear a surface covered with snow
  • compare and contrast the contracts and cost plans offered by a range of utility companies, and consider how this may be affected by an emergency
  • use outcomes linked to chance and uncertainty to consider the likelihood of another utilities failure happening
  • consider how this may affect insurance premiums.

Feedback from 31st October community resilience networking event

Approximately 70 delegates joined us at Celtic Park on Monday 31st October to identify networkingeventways resilience to natural disasters like flooding/severe weather/utility failure could be integrated into Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).

There were speakers from the Met Office, SSEN, Edinburgh City Council, Education Scotland, Highland Council and Glasgow Resilient Cities and a busy market place with around 15 stallholdemarket-placers representing organisations like Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Scottish Flood Forum, SEPA, Youthlink Scotland and Eco-Schools Scotland.

Some of the ideas discussed during the day included:

    • Introduce the UN stop disasters game
    • Set up a weather station
    • Digi maps to compare past/present areas
    • World of Work – contact outside agencies and ask them to share their knowledge and understanding and investigate practically
    • Pupils to work cooperatively to solve a given scenario – flood prevention; Royal Academy of Engineering; STEM Ambassadors

Click here for the full report 31st-oct-mini-conference-report

Ready Scotland Photography Competition 2016

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Be prepared for bad weather and win prizes for your school!

What is it?

Ready Scotland Photo and Caption Competition for P6 pupils. Take part in this competition to ensure you and your family are ready for winter!

Action!

We want P6 pupils across Scotland to take a photo which captures how Scotland is ready for winter.  Examples can include:

  • Dogs wearing hi-vis coatscwfrn0gxeaajtlu
  • Weather Signs
  • Flood prevention measures in your local area

In no more than 20 words, please also provide a caption for your image that tells us why it’s important to be prepared for bad weather.

Before you start read this!

Radio can be really helpful in communicating information in an emergency.  Watch this youtube clip to find out how useful people in Chile found the radio during an emergency. Visit Ready Scotland website for more advice on staying safe in Scotland and  complete a family action plan. Visit Ready for Emergencies website for more ideas on staying safe this winter. capture

 

The prize!

The 3 winning schools will receive a wind-up radio for their own grab bags and a behind the scenes experience at their local Bauer network radio station. The Bauer network reaches over 25 million consumers and includes stations like heat, KISS, Magic, Absolute Radio, Forth 1, Clyde 1, Moray Firth, Northsound, Radio Tay, West FM and West Sound. Each school will be able to send 6 pupils to their local station to see what is involved  in creating a radio show and will have the opportunity to try a few of the tricks of the trade.

So have a go!  Win yourself and 5 of your classmates this exciting opportunity!

How to enter:

Each school should attach their top 5 entries as jpg’s to an email and send them to: sde@keepscotlandbeautiful.org

In the text box add:

  • Name of school
  • Full name of pupil
  • Full name of class teacher
  • Caption describing the photo in no more than 20 words

Deadline for entries:

5pm on Thursday 17th November 2016

 

Save the Children Resilience Project

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Save the Children are looking for two schools to take part in a resilience project that aims to strengthen children’s understanding of emergencies and the actions they can take to prepare themselves, their families and their communities.  Click here for more information on the project .  It is aimed at children aged 9 – 11 and participating schools will be given a £1000 budget.

You can also contact Graham Clark, Programmes Manager g.clark@savethechildren.org.uk for more information.

 

Community Resilience and CfE flyer

CaptureOur climate is changing and communities across Scotland are becoming increasingly affected by extreme weather events and flooding which can block roads, destroy homes and lead to loss of power for thousands of people.

Ensure the children and young people in your class know  what to do if there is severe weather, utility failure, flooding or pandemics by reading this hot off the press Community Resilience and Curriculum for Excellence flyer!

Community resilience is about communities and individuals using their collective resources and skills to help themselves prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

Discover ways to link learning to Scotland’s change in climate and how to embed community resilience within learning across different curriculum areas.

If you are already doing work in this area or are interested in finding out more, contact Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

Scottish local authorities, schools and partner organisations can request multiple hard copies of this guide for distribution to school clusters and networks.  Remember to include a postal address and state how many copies you wish to receive.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Getting Ready for Winter Glow TV

Ready-for-Winter-WestieDon’t get caught out with bad weather this winter! Doing small things now can save a lot of trouble later. Take part in our Glow TV event to hear from the Met Office, Sustrans and SEPA on why you need to get ready and what you can do. This will include getting your home and bike ready for winter. Our experts are keen to answer your questions too.  This is a great opportunity to get ready for winter!

If you are not a teacher pass this on to your education contacts, it will be worth watching!

This glow meet is suitable for upper primary and lower secondary and will be on 24th  November 10.45 – 11.45.  Sign up to register here!

In the meantime, visit the visit bit.ly/RfEScot Ready for Winter page to get ideas to use with your class. You’ll find a power point, short video and learning journeys packed full of ideas to get you started.  Keep safe this winter!

 

Launch of SEPA kids

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New website launch!  Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have just launched a new website for children.  It gives practical information on how to prepare for flooding as well as how to keep safe near flood water and this includes how to keep pets safe too.   There’s a flood game that can be downloaded and reinforces the key messages of keeping safe around flood water and of being prepared.  There are  some short informative animations to help get the message across as well.  The website also contains information about how flooding happens.

If this is a topic you are covering in the classroom you can also visit Education Scotland’s website Ready for Emergencies as it has learning journeys and resources to support lessons on flooding and severe weather.

This is a topic that can be used as a context for learning in science, health and wellbeing and social studies.

Get Ready for Winter!

Ready-for-Winter-WestieAre you ready for winter?

Visit the Ready for Emergencies website for ideas to use in the classroom to help children and young people prepare for winter as well as the Ready Scotland site.  You will find a quiz that could be used with the whole class, a PowerPoint, a short video and activities for learners to get them thinking about travelling safely in winter.

Visit the web pages now for more ideas!

As a community resilience professional, consider how you can help schools in your local authority prepare for winter.  Offer to give a presentation to the Health and Wellbeing Committee which can then be shared with other classes at assembly.  This could link into road safety work the school are doing as well as to any health weeks. 

Contact Eilidh.Soussi@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk for more ways to connect with schools. 

10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

hurricane katrina3This week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

It also marks the week that New Orleans launch their resilience road map which they hope will help them tackle climate and social challenges, like poverty, racial inequality and crime.  They are keen for the public’s awareness of environmental issues to be improved so their road map stresses the importance of implementing projects that will help urban areas live with stormwater – not keep it out.

This project is a joint effort between the city and Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

As a practitioner you could use this information to compare and contrast New Orleans with Glasgow which is also part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative.  Both cities have suffered from flooding, what are the similarities and differences?

This could also be used as a context for looking more closely at the climate change issue.

Education Scotland’s Ready for Emergencies and Weather and Climate Change websites could help with this further through their teaching and learning resources.