Flooding is one of the most widespread natural disasters, causing large-scale displacement and migration of people, loss of life and billions of pounds worth of damage across the globe every year.
On a local level, flooding can disrupt many aspects of our daily lives including the transport system and water supply. On a global level, flooding can impact on food prices and the availability of goods on supermarket shelves.
Rainfall in Scotland over the last 63 years has become more intense. Recently published research
can be used by local authorities to help them plan better for flooding incidents.
Contexts for learning
This context allows learners to compare different countries and their ability to act in the event of a flood and investigate the financial costs of flooding in Scotland and overseas. They can also consider the importance of sustainable development in reducing the risks posed by flooding.
There are strong curriculum links to technology, science, geography and modern studies. Flood preparation and planning can also help learners develop wide variety of essential skills such as collaboration, communication and problem solving.
PDF file: Curriculum links - Flooding
Case studies providing a snapshot of engagement between resilience professionals and schools, using community resilience as a context: Resilience Case Studies; Kingsford Primary School Case Study
Opportunities for partnership working
Potential candidates for partnership working include meteorologists, local authority planning officers, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, members of the emergency services and charities such as the Red Cross.
This learning journey investigates how flooding affects Scotland and why some areas are more affected than others. By using a variety of resources, learners consider what flooding is, its impact and how to prepare for it.
This learning journey about flooding in an economically less developed country focuses on Bangladesh. It is accompanied by five learner activities that examine the causes, effects and responses to flooding in ELDCs.
This learning journey looks at the causes and impact of flooding. It is accompanied by a fact sheet about the White Cart Water flood prevention scheme.
High and Dry is a flooding-themed teaching resource created by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. It aims to raise awareness about how flooding can affect young people, their families and their homes.
A short film created by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency that answers all those important questions about flooding.
Diagram of a flood repairable house.
Flooding in the local area
You might find the following links useful when studying flooding in the context of emergency planning and resilience education.
- What if...?: Explore a range of interactive games, DVDs and stories on the theme of resilience education.
- FloodSim: Interactive flood management game.
- Sea-level rise simulator: This interactive map allows learners to see how a rise in sea level of varying degrees would affect any area of the world. Use the map to navigate to your local area and then use the drop down box to see the effects of rising sea levels.
- SEPA Kids: Interactive resources to help learners understand the work of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and what individuals can do to help protect the environment.
Floodline: Practical information on how to prepare for flooding as well as how to keep safe near flood water, including keeping pets safe too.
- BBC weather: The weather section of the BBC website including up-to-date forecasts and weather warnings from around the UK.
- Met Office Education resources: The UK Met Office's education pages. Its printable information pages explain many aspects of weather and weather forecasting. Pupils can test themselves on what they have learned using online quizzes, and there are downloadable lesson plans for teachers.