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Wonderful Weather

Learning Objectives

General:

  • Use a range of fieldwork techniques
  • Collect and record evidence
  • Work collaboratively as a group
  • Use ICT to help in geographical investigations
  • Use appropriate geographical vocabulary
  • How carry out a fair test

Specific:

  • Make predictions based on previous experience
  • Use maps with a range of scales
  • Express their own views about people, places and environments
  • Learn about and develop informed views and opinions on local, national and global issues such as climate change

Key words/phrases

Climate, weather, temperature, measurement, wind speed, humidity, degrees Celsius, lux, metres per second, percentage, data logger, anemometer, fair test, repeat test

Introduction

Centre staff will welcome your group and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues. (10 mins)

½ Day Course Programme

  • Question: What is the difference between climate and weather? (5 mins)
  • Question: What features of the weather can we collect and record? (5 mins)
  • Pupils divided into 6 groups (3 mins)
  • Introduction of the activity and how to use the field study equipment (10 mins)
  • Predications: Pupils to discuss in small groups where features (temperature, wind speed etc) will be higher and lower at the four different sites and why. (10 mins)
  • Site 1: Centre grounds (15 mins)
  • Map work and walk to the next site (5 mins)
  • Site 2: Woodlands (10 mins)
  • Map work and walk to the next site (5 mins)
  • Site 3: Grassland (10 mins)
  • Map work and walk to the next site (5 mins)
  • Site 4: By the river. At this site keys are used to identify the cloud type (10 mins)
  • Return to centre (10 mins)
  • Download data from the dataloggers to be displayed on the digital projector to show light and temperature differences at the 4 sites (10 mins)

Plenary

Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met.


Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing

Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure that children are dressed warmly and have suitable waterproof outerwear. Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions. The centre teacher will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Equipment supplied

Dataloggers, anemometers, soil thermometers, humidity meters, compasses, soil moisture probes, clipboards, maps, first aid kit

Equipment needed from school

Pencils

Other Information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions.

Differentiation

Y3/4 factors investigated: wind direction, wind speed, temperature, light level, soil temperature and cloud type. Y5/6 Additional: humidity, soil moisture. Where appropriate issues of climate change, the water cycle and plant photosynthesis effecting water vapour levels are discussed. The need for fair testing and repeat testing is discussed at all levels.

 

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