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KS3 | Weather and Climate

This live lesson will explore the difference between weather and climate and give pupils the knowledge and skills to keep track of what’s going on in the atmosphere around you by establishing their own weather station. Take part in our citizen science project collecting data towards FSC’s long-term data set.

FSC’s expert field tutor will answer questions about weather, climate and citizen science.

Submit your questions in advance to increase the chance of being answered, or ask questions during the live lesson.

Broadcast on Tue 21 Apr 2020
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 11-14

Prepare your class for this live lesson by using the supporting resources available on this page, which support pupils in developing knowledge and understanding of weather and climate. These can be used to enable pupils to generate questions for the live lesson. We will try to answer as many questions as possible.

Develop pupils’ enquiry skills through interrogating climate data and completing a research task. The resources also detail the equipment needed and include a step-by-step guide to support pupils in building their own weather station.

Live lessons can easily accommodate learners joining from home. Read our extra guidance for school closures here.

Lesson Outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

We will open the session with a welcome and brief introduction to the weather and climate exploration.

2. Subject knowledge (5 minutes)

The tutor will then introduce the site, introduce the weather and climate of this location and consider what data can be collected in this location, and why collecting this data matters.

3. Activity Time (20 minutes)

Your tutor will introduce the weather station at this location and some of the different instruments which have been used to collect data at this location as part of the Met Office climate monitoring network.

Pupils will work alongside us to record wind speed and cloud cover in their location before learning how to set up a rainfall gauge. The tutor will share how to submit a record using the Citizen Science app.

At this point, questions can be submitted via the Live chat.

4. Q&A and Conclusions (15 minutes)

After completing the activity the tutor will be able to answer pre-submitted questions and take part in the live chat. At the end of the broadcast they will suggest some other activities that you may like to try to continue to explore their local green space and what’s coming up in #fieldworklive 2020.


FSC Fieldwork live Speaker Sam Llewellyn

Sam Llewellyn

Tutor, FSC

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