Explore aspects of weather. Make simple weather measuring instruments and contribute to a class weather station and weather chart.

Session 1 Watching the wind

Objectives

Geography

  • Use compass points and directional language.
  • Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK.

Science

  • Use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

Design and Technology

  • Use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Use the compass points and directional language.
  • Talk about daily and seasonal weather patterns.
  • Use observations to answer questions about wind.
  • Use a range of materials to make a wind streamer.

Provided Resources

  • How to make a wind streamer
  • Observation record sheet
  • Questioning tips
  • Weather task explanation

You Will Need

  • A paper plate
  • Wire or string
  • Hole punch
  • Tissue paper
  • Objects that move in the wind

Session 2 Let's go fly a kite!

Objectives

Geography

  • Identify daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom.
  • Use a world map to name and locate the world’s 7 continents.

Science

  • Use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

Design and Technology

  • Use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Identify weather patterns in autumn.
  • Name and locate continents using a world map.
  • Use observations to answer questions about the wind.
  • Use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.

Provided Resources

  • ‘Kites’ poem
  • Ping pong experiment
  • Kites around the world website
  • Kite building

You Will Need

  • A ping pong ball
  • A hairdryer
  • Kite-making materials for chosen kite design

Session 3 Clouds and rain

Objectives

Science

  • Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions, performing simple tests.

Geography

  • Use a world map to identify the world’s 7 continents.
  • Use atlases to identify continents.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Use their observations to answer simple questions about clouds.
  • Perform simple tests to understand what clouds are made from.
  • Use a world map to identify the world’s 7 continents.
  • Use atlases to identify the world’s continents.

Provided Resources

  • World’s annual rainfall
  • How to make a rain gauge
  • Measurements resource

You Will Need

  • An old plastic bottle
  • Scissors
  • A ruler

Session 4 Sun and temperature

Objectives

Geography

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

Science

  • Perform simple tests.

Design and Technology

  • Use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Understand the significance of the equator in relation to climate.
  • Know that climates vary in different parts of the world.
  • Perform simple tests with thermometers.
  • Use different equipment to make sun catchers.

Provided Resources

  • A folk tale (part 1)
  • A folk tale (part 2)
  • How to make a sun catcher

You Will Need

  • Small plastic beads
  • A non-stick cake tin or shape cutter and non-stick baking tray
  • Wire
  • Metal foil
  • An oven (away from the classroom)
  • A candle and matches or a lighter
  • A thermometer

Session 5 Weather charts

Objectives

Geography

  • Identify seasonal weather patterns in the UK.

Science

  • Gather and record data to help in answering questions.

Teaching and Activities

Children will:

  • Talk about seasonal weather patterns in the UK.
  • Gather data using weather instruments and record them on a weather chart.
  • Answer questions about weather data.

Provided Resources

  • How to make a weather chart
  • Weather table
  • Compass directions
  • The Beaufort scale
  • How to use your sun catcher
  • Words to describe the temperature
  • Discussing the results

You Will Need

  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • The wind streamers, rain collectors and sun catchers previously made
  • A compass