Living in a World of Water

Lessons on flooding and climate change in Bangladesh

KS2: ages 7-11KS3: ages 11-14WebsiteWordPowerpointFilmMapGame

These resources from ActionAid help pupils at Key Stages 2 and 3 (ages 7 to 14) experience what it’s like living in a world of water through the eyes of four remarkable children in Bangladesh – one of the countries worst affected by climate change. Resources include the following:

The flood detective (Geography / English)
Pupils use an interactive online map and find both clues about why Bangladesh floods or facts about Bangladesh. They write down five clues that they find and discuss how these clues might cause flooding.

A fortnight of fishing (Maths)
Using the remarkable story of Aasia – a girl who has to leave school to fish 3 or 4 times a day – pupils will collect data, interpret a graph and then use their collected data to create graphs of their own.

Living in a world of water (English / PE – swimming lessons)
A video showing Prianka’s mother’s heart-warming river rescue on a river ambulance is used as a basis for a comprehension activity and as inspiration for creative writing. PE lessons can then be used to consolidate learning and to help pupils to appreciate what life is like for many children in Bangladesh.

Heat-busting chickens (English / Science)
Pupils learn about animal habitats and compare the characteristics of different animals using Abdullah’s surprising story of climate adaptation.

The Climate Times (English / Geography)
A coursing river stops Shumona from going to school and climate change is making the regular floods worse. Using an interactive presentation, allow your class to gather the facts before writing their own front page article for ‘The Climate Times.’


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