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The weather changes in different parts of the world. Where there are similar weather patterns this is known as a climate. At the top of the Earth there is an arctic climate and some of the coldest temperatures in the world are found here. Temperate climates are found a bit further south, and as you approach the equator you find Mediterranean and desert climates. Some of the hottest places on Earth are found here, and few people live in this climate. At the equator there is a tropical climate, and travelling south of the equator it gets cooler again before reaching the Antarctic.
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11 January 2008

Classroom Ideas

Using world map outlines, pupils could use different colours to shade different areas to convey the different climates, labelling them or creating their own climate key. Alternatively, after watching this clip, pupils could be given different climates to research and present to their classmates. A fun way to encourage the children to think about the advantages of each climate zone is to ask them to present their description as a spoof travel show. Pupils could be guided to describe the activities that could be done in each climate, along with the fauna and flora that might be found there.

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