Weather Experts
Climate Around the World

Learn about the continents, the poles, and many more key ideas, including the 5 key climate zones. Create a travel agency, travel brochures and passport travel stamps!

Session 1 What do you know?

Objectives

Geography

  • Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify countries, continents and oceans.

English

  • Participate in presentations, role play
  • Gain and maintain the interest of the listener(s).
  • Select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.

Teaching and Activities

Share your knowledge of the world – the places visited on holiday or where your relations are living abroad.

Teaching Outcomes
To use a world map and a globe to identify and place different countries and locations.
To share knowledge and understanding of living in / visiting a country outside of the UK.

Children will:

  • Name and identify locations of the 7 continents on world map.
  • Name the 5 oceans.
  • Talk about visits and life overseas.
  • Participate in group discussion.
  • Work as part of a group to create an information poster.

You Will Need

  • Large globe
  • Puppets
  • Small globes (1 per pair)
  • Large world map with continents depicted
  • Sticky notes
  • A1 paper (7 sheets of different colours corresponding with the continents’ colours on the large world map)

Session 2 Up and away!

Objectives

Geography

  • Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK.
  • Identify the location of hot/cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator, North and South Poles.
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK, plus other countries, continents and oceans.
  • Use simple compass directions (N, S, E and W); Use geographical language.

English

  • Punctuate sentences using a capital letter and full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
  • Use a capital letter for names of people/ places.

Teaching and Activities

Learn that the UK has a temperate climate and that there are 5 climate zones. Make your own passport and begin to plan your world trip.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn about and identify the 5 climate zones.
To build vocabulary and create passports containing important information.

Children will:

  • Name the climate zones, using geographical language when referring to the equator and north and south poles.
  • Describe themselves and identify others from their descriptions.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Suitcase packed with items needed for a holiday in UK (cater for all types of weather)
  • Large world map annotated with sticky notes (from session 1)
  • Climate zone word cards, polar (arctic), temperate, mediterranean, tropical and arid (desert)
  • Small mirrors
  • Poster showing the months of the year

Session 3 Polar and arid - 2 extremes

Objectives

Geography

  • Identify the location of hot/cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator, North and South Poles.
  • Use world maps and globes to identify climate zones, countries and continents.

English

  • Become familiar with non-fiction books that are structured in different ways.
  • Use non-fiction books to answer and ask questions.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the characteristics of Polar and Desert climate zones and create colourwash pictures to represent these extremes.

Teaching Outcomes
To know the characteristics of polar and arid climates and how they affect living conditions.
To use information books to find out about the people, animals and plants surviving in polar and arid zones.

Children will:

  • Name the climate zones, using geographical language when referring to the equator, the north and south poles and arid and polar climate zones.
  • Research a question using non-fiction books.
  • Report back, speaking clearly to explain their findings to a listening audience.

You Will Need

  • Non-fiction books about polar and arid climate zones
  • Wax crayons
  • Water-based paint
  • Pre-prepared speech bubbles cut from white paper or card
  • Sticky notes

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 4 It's getting hotter!

Objectives

Geography

  • Identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator, North and South Poles.
  • Use world maps and globes to identify climate zones, countries and continents.

English

  • Become familiar with non-fiction books that are structured in different ways.
  • Use non-fiction books to answer and ask questions.
  • Join in role-play and other drama techniques to identify with and explore characters.

Teaching and Activities

Research the characteristics of Mediterranean and Tropical climate zones and paint pictures to represent your findings.

Teaching Outcomes
To know the characteristics of Mediterranean and tropical climates and how they affect living conditions.
To use information books to find out about the people, animals and plants surviving in Mediterranean and tropical zones.

Children will:

  • Name the climate zones, using geographical language.
  • Research a question using non-fiction books; report back, speaking clearly to explain their findings to a listening audience.
  • Continue to build a word bank for future use.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Non-fiction books about Mediterranean and tropical climate zones
  • Colourful tissue paper
  • Pre-prepared speech bubbles cut from white paper or card.

Session 5 Let's go on holiday!

Objectives

Geography

  • Identify the location of hot/cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator, North and South Poles.
  • Use world maps, globes to identify climate zones, countries and continents.

English

  • Writing for different purposes.

Teaching and Activities

Consolidate your knowledge of the 5 climate zones and create travel posters and stamps ready for the role-play.

Teaching Outcomes
To consolidate learning on the 5 climate zones and be familiar with the characteristics of these climates.
To create a poster that describes 1 of the 5 climate zones, in order to persuade holiday-makers to visit that area.

Children will:

  • Create a poster showing the characteristic weather and activities for a chosen country, representing its climate zone.
  • Suggest a colour to represent a climate zone.
  • Suggest a weather symbol to represent a climate zone, with reasons.

You Will Need

  • Non-fiction books about all 5 climate zones
  • A3 art paper
  • Images of the 5 different climate zones

Session 6 Wish you were here!

Objectives

Geography

  • Identify the location of hot/cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator, North and South Poles.
  • Use world maps and globes to identify climate zones, countries and continents.

English

  • Participate in presentations, role play.
  • In writing, to compose individual sentences orally and then write them down.
  • Spell correctly many of the words covered in year 1, making phonically plausible attempts to spell words they have not yet learnt.
  • Form individual letters correctly, showing good handwriting.
  • Develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing.
  • Write narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional).

Teaching and Activities

Role-play visiting the travel agent and travelling to the 5 climate zones. Collect travel stamps and write a postcard or brochure.

Teaching Outcomes
To initiate role-play to consolidate the previous learning on the 5 climate zones.
To produce a brochure or postcard, describing surroundings appropriately.

Children will:

  • Complete the block by role-playing travelling.
  • Write a brochure page or a postcard.

You Will Need

  • Travel brochures
  • Passports (made in session 2)
  • Travel stamps (made in session 5)
  • Craft materials
  • Model people

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.