Red Sky at Night, Shepherd’s Delight – Teachers’ Notes

Red Sky at Night, Shepherd’s Delight “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning” (or sailors rather than shepherds, depending on where in the country you are). Is there any truth in this saying and, if so, why? Note for teachers: sometimes there is confusion about this saying. It is…

Red Sky at Night, Shepherd’s Delight

Red Sky at Night, Shepherd’s Delight “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning” (or sailors rather than shepherds, depending on where in the country you are). Is there any truth in this saying and, if so, why? Low pressure weather systems (depressions) bring us rain, strong winds and sometimes…

Depressions, Anticyclones and Fronts

Passage of a Depression – interactive animation Worksheet to accompany the animation. For 11-14 Cold and Warm fronts activities for differentiation and revision Finding weather features on a synoptic chart Red sky at Night, Shepherd’s Delight worksheet and Teacher’s Notes – a resource looking at how our prevailing wind direction means this saying is largely…

In Depth – Understanding Weather (Met Office)

Understanding weather Air masses Atmosphere Clouds El Niño and La Niña High pressure or anticyclone Low pressure or depression Temperature differences Weather fronts Weather systems Wind Air masses Air masses are parcels of air that bring distinctive weather features to the country. An air mass is a body or ‘mass’ of air in which changes…

Anticyclones, depressions and fronts

LESSON PLAN: Introduction to Anticyclones, Depressions and Fronts Key Stage 4 – GCSE Subject Geography Length 1 lesson Teaching Objectives/Learning Outcomes By the end of the lesson, pupils will know and understand: Characteristics of depressions and fronts and the sequence of associated weather Characteristics of anticyclones and the contrast between those in summer and in…

Student Charts

Interpreting weather charts for Key Stage 4 IntroductionWeather systemsFrontsRelationship between isobars and windUnderstanding station plots on a weather mapPlotting a station plot Introduction Weather charts consist of curved lines drawn on a geographical map in such a way as to indicate weather features. These features are best shown by charts of atmospheric pressure, which consist…

Weather Charts

By the end of the lesson, you will be able to: Understand isobars and their relationship with wind speed Identify various pressure systems and fronts on a weather chart Interpret and produce plotted weather symbols. Part A – Isobars, pressure and wind Part B – Identifying pressure systems and fronts Part C – Plotted weather…

Air

Air masses and fronts 1. Introduction    1.1 Definition    1.2 Source of an air mass    1.3 Air-mass modification 2. Air-mass types    2.1 Tropical continental    2.2 Polar continental    2.3 Tropical maritime    2.4 Polar maritime    2.5 Arctic maritime    2.6 Returning polar maritime 3. Between the air masses    3.1 Historical introduction    3.2 Fronts    3.3 Models of mid-latitude depressions    3.4 The passage…