‘TOWN planners’ in Southwick saw their buildings destroyed by an earthquake.
The lesson in natural disasters gave year-six an action-packed start to the new term at Glebe Primary School in Southwick.
The ten and 11-year-olds became town planners and built their own village settlement in the Philippines.
Mrs Gemma Baker explained: “They worked in small groups and were given a budget to buy houses and other buildings, having to make appropriate choices as to what and where to build.”
The children were then called into another classroom to hear a news broadcast of a typhoon in the Philippines, with devastating effects.
“Meanwhile, teachers carefully destroyed parts of their villages by crushing and spraying water,” added Mrs Baker.
“The children experienced the surprise and devastation when they returned to find their villages ruined.”
Teachers revealed that aid has been supplied from first world countries to help repair the damage.
Children were able to use their knowledge of the devastation a typhoon can cause to spend the money wisely, building flood defences and medical centres, and placing buildings further from the river.
Mrs Baker said: “It was a great morning of first-hand experience. This was a stunning start to our topic, which covers a range of natural disasters - how they occur, where they happen and how these affect people around the world.”