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Make a weather chart and film your own weather forecasts! Learn about the countries and capital cities of the UK, points of the compass and weather symbols along the way.

Session 1 Mime UK weather Activities

Objectives

Geography

  • Examine the UK map and identify the UK and its countries.
  • Name capital cities in the UK.
  • Identify daily weather patterns in the UK.
  • Use simple compass directions.

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role-play, improvisations
    and debate.

Teaching and Activities

Children will identify daily weather patterns in the UK and have the opportunity to mime weather activities.

Teaching Outcomes
To use geographical language and identify weather patterns in the UK.
To make improvisations based on class discussions.

Children will:

  • Locate the UK on a map.
  • Find and name the countries in the UK.
  • Use simple compass directions.
  • Locate London and know that it is a capital city.
  • Talk about daily weather patterns in the UK.
  • Make up improvisations based on class discussions.

Provided Resources

  • The ‘Weather Helper’ song
  • Map of the UK
  • Map of North America

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 2 Map Work!

Objectives

Geography

  • Devise a simple map and construct basic symbols in a key.
  • Use geographical vocabulary.

English

  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes including for expressing feelings.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about map work and how to make a key, all through being inspired by the fantasy town of Chewandswallow.

Teaching Outcomes
To make a simple island map with the town of Chewandswallow.
To create and present an imaginary weather forecast.

Children will:

  • Draw a simple fantasy island map with the town of Chewandswallow.
  • Make a simple key.
  • Use geographical vocabulary.
  • Describe the town of Chewandswallow.

Provided Resources

  • Map of the Island of Stew, which contains the town of Chewandswallow.

You Will Need

  • Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs by Judy Barrett
  • Little whiteboards
  • A3 paper

Session 3 Compass Points

Objectives

Geography

  • Name and locate the four countries and capital cities of the UK.
  • Use compass directions and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.

English

  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through imagining and exploring ideas.

Teaching and Activities

Children will develop their knowledge of compass points and make up a fun but informative weather forecast.

Teaching Outcomes
To name and find the four countries in the UK and their capital cities, using a map.
To use class discussions to develop ideas.

Children will:

  • Name and find the four countries of the UK.
  • Name capital cities in the UK.
  • Use simple compass directions.
  • Use directional language when talking about features on a map.
  • Use class discussions to develop ideas.

You Will Need

  • A compass
  • Children’s maps from session 2
  • Coloured pencils

Session 4 Lights, Camera, Action!

Objectives

Geography

  • Name and locate capital cities of the UK.
  • Use simple compass directions and directional language.
  • Use atlases to identify the UK and its countries.

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role-play, improvisation and debates.
  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including expressing feelings.

Teaching and Activities

Children will close the block by using their knowledge to create and film an imaginary weather forecast.

Teaching Outcomes
To use atlases to identify the UK, its countries, and key information.
To create and present an imaginary weather forecast.

Children will:

  • Name and locate the capital cities of the UK.
  • Use compass directions and directional language.
  • Use an atlas to identify the UK and its countries.
  • Work as a group to create an imaginary weather forecast.
  • Use role-play to present the weather forecast.

You Will Need

  • Coloured pencils
  • Atlases
  • Props