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The What is Weather? website is designed to cover the National Curriculum requirements for Key Stage 2 and the QCA primary geography Unit 7: Weather Around The World.
(NC ref: 3a,d,f,4a,6a,b,c,7b,c)

Weather and geography

When children study weather they often
  • make weather-measuring instruments (e.g. rain gauge, wind sock, anemometer) but this should usually be more accurately described as D&T;
  • carry out experiments (e.g. evaporation and condensation of water, as part of the water cycle) but this should usually be more accurately described as science;
  • take weather measurements (e.g. with thermometers and wind gauges) and construct weather charts, graphs or wind roses, but this should usually be more accurately described as mathematics.

  • When primary children study weather in geography they should be looking at
  • what the weather is like at named localities
  • how this weather affects people's daily lives -
  • what they wear and eat,
    what their housing is like,
    what they do, for work and leisure,
    what they grow (agriculture)
  • how it affects the environment, (e.g. flooding, erosion)

  • They should be considering the spatial aspects of weather. This should lead them to recognise patterns in the weather, from
  • which parts of the school grounds are sunny, shady, sheltered, frosty; to
  • relationship between wind direction and temperature. In the UK generally:
    N wind = cold, wet; E wind = cold, dry; S wind = hot, dry; SW wind = warm, wet
  • cold to hot from Pole to Equator,
  • global distribution of wet / dry areas, e.g. rainforest / desert
  • This will lead them to an understanding of climate and, later, contribute to an understanding of events and environmental changes like hurricanes and desertification.

    Content Areas

    About weather:

    This section uses cartoons to illustrate 7 of the main weather elements:
    • Wind force
    • Wind direction
    • Precipitation
    • Temperature
    • Sunshine
    • Visibility
    • Cloud
    The material is accessible in an animated or non-animated version.

    Weather and People:

    This section introduces the concept of climate, and the fact that weather differs depending on the climate zone. Sub-sections illustrate how global weather conditions influence:
    Locations have been chosen carefully to represent a variety of climate zones and where verifiable meterological information is available:
    Barbados, W.Indies tropical wet (hot, wet)
    Aswan, Egypt tropical dry (hot, desert)
    Naxos, Greece warm temperate
    Belfast, N.Ireland cool temperate
    Spitzbergen, Norway polar

    Lesson plans and printable worksheets will be added here from Monday 25th March.
    What is weather

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