Pupils rise to challenge as ‘disaster’ strikes at Norwich primary school

Year 5 children at Cavell Primary School, Norwich, rose to a series of challenges during a Natural Disaster Day organised by the school with help from affordable housing developer Lovell, based locally in Norwich.

As part of a day devoted to helping pupils learn more about natural disasters and their impact, Lovell organised for the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s Urban Search and Rescue team to visit the school bringing some of its specialist search equipment.

The 28 children taking part also had to bring from home a ‘survival kit’ containing items they had selected to help them cope in a disaster-type emergency. To make the exercise more realistic, the pupils were given only a few minutes to choose what to bring, just before leaving home.

In the afternoon, children used equipment provided by Lovell – including tarpaulins, wooden poles and breeze blocks – to build their own makeshift tented shelters in the school grounds, helped by Lovell staff, teachers and members of the Urban Search and Rescue team.

Lovell training administrator Jo Scott says: “The Natural Disaster Day is an imaginative way of helping the children understand the testing situations many people around the world have to face. The shelter building activity enabled the children to practice their problem-solving skills and enjoy working as a team. It was great to help out.” Lovell, based in Thorpe Road, Norwich, joined forces with the school to stage the Natural Disaster Day as part of its commitment to supporting community organisations.

Current local housing schemes which Lovell is working on include a £1.5 million development in Yarmouth Road, Norwich, of nine houses and four bungalows for affordable rent for Victory Housing Trust. Lovell is also building a £1.9 million development of 24 affordable homes for Orbit Housing Group in Holmes Close.