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Extreme weather Primary

New Primary Heatwaves Resource

We are delighted to have worked with the Young People’s Trust for the Environment to develop a four lesson scheme of work looking at heatwaves.

This package of lesson plans consists of 4 lessons:

  • Lesson 1: What are heatwaves?
  • Lesson 2: Why are heatwaves dangerous?
  • Lesson 3: How can schools prepare for a heatwave?
  • Lesson 4: What is your school like during a heatwave and how could it be improved?

By the end, students should be able to show which places in the school are most affected by extreme heat, understand what measures could be put in place to reduce the impact of extreme heat and be able to present their learning and research. 

The lessons have been designed to support learners in Key Stage 2 (or equivalent) with understanding more about heatwaves, the reasons why we are likely to face more of them in the future and some steps that schools can take to protect young people during these events. The lessons can be adapted to suit other age groups by modifying the information given in the linked notes.

Young People's Trust for the Environment
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Climate Change CPD

5 Climate Change Websites to Keep an Eye on

Here are 5(ish) websites which anyone teaching about climate change may find useful: 

The IPCC website for the latest reports. 

Carbon Brief for current articles covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. 

Gridwatch for live statistics showing UK energy production or mygridgb

The Global Carbon Atlas  to explore and visualize the most up-to-date data on carbon fluxes resulting from human activities and natural processes.

The Climate Action Tracker tracks international government climate action and measures it against the globally agreed Paris Agreement aim of “holding warming well below 2°C, and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.”

NOAA monthly reports on global climate/ extreme weather events. 

Climate Analytics for data and analysis. 

Other sources of climate data:

Copernicus maps and time-series of all sorts of climate data sources (CMIP5/6, reanalyses, regional climate models, etc.) for several variables. With the possibility of customizing the plots and exporting the data.

The IPCC interactive atlas

CRU data

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Careers

Careers Day

Do you have students considering a career in weather, climate or climate change? They may be choosing which A level or Higher subjects to take, or starting to look at undergraduate courses. In this free, online careers day on Saturday, 17th June, we’ll be asking people from UK Universities, the Met Office and other employers of meteorologists to tell you a bit about their current work and how they got there, and we’ll explore the best routes into meteorology.

In the course of the event, you’ll hear short talks from a broad range of presenters and have an opportunity to ask them questions.

Potential attendees are encouraged to register as soon as possible to help us gauge numbers. 

All talks will be recorded and will be made available after the event for those who can’t make it.