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Extension work

1. Weather and wind.
Using a map of the British Isles, help children to appreciate that there is a pattern to wind direction:
  • A north wind is generally cold and wet because it comes from the north pole, over the sea
  • An east/nort-east wind is generally cold and dry because it domes from Siberia, over land
  • A south/south-east wind is generally hot and dry because it comes from the Sahara, over land
  • A south-west wind is generally warm and wet because it comes from the tropics, over the sea
2. Children use an atlas, a map of the world and world weather data from the newspaper. They use the atlas to locate the places listed in the newspaper. They mark the place on the world map with:
  • a red dot where the temperature is 25C or above
  • an orange dot where the temperature is between 24C - 15C
  • a yellow dot where the temperature is between 14C - 5C
  • a blue dot where the temperature is 5C or below
Help them to find a pattern in the distribution of the dots.
Encourage them to describe where the red dots are. Do the same for the orange, yellow and blue.
Do they think the pattern is the same all the year?

3. Children record aspects of the weather around the school and school grounds at different times of the day and year.
They invent their own way to record this on a plan.
They explain their findings.

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