Measuring Raindrops

How big is a raindrop? Collect data and analyse mode, mean and median, range, interquartile range and standard deviation Introduction: There are many words and many descriptions for different types of rain: fine rain, heavy rain, pelting down, mizzling. In fact the BBC news magazine has an article entitled “Fifty words for rain”. But how…

KS3 Maths – Moving Around

Open Road lesson 1 – Moving Around Key Stage 3, Maths Outline Students are to traverse a network in the most efficient manner possible. Consider different information to influence their decisions on the best route to take. Objectives By the end of the lesson: All student will analyse a network and select the most efficient…

KS3 maths – is temperature rising?

Is temperature rising? Key Stage 3, Maths Prior learning A basic knowledge of averages would be useful. The ability to use Excel if computers are used, or the ability to draw line graphs from data. Objectives By the end of the lesson: Students will demonstrate that the temperatures in England are rising Students will produce…

KS3 Maths – Keeping the Roads Open

Open Road lesson 2 Key Stage 3, Maths Outline The main activity is essentially a simulation of County Council decision making when roads are forecast to freeze. Pupils use temperature forecasts from the Met Office to decide how much salt to spread on the roads and calculate the cost. Objectives By the end of the…

Handling Data and Measurements

Handling data and measurements Key Stage 2 Mathematics Handling data and measurements Overview Children measure the outside temperature at the same time on each day for a week. They use ICT to record the temperature each day, in a suitable data handling program. At the end of the week they use the program to display…

Data Analysis

Activities Using Weather and Climate Data 1. Temperature differences (current weather) To answer this question you will need to visit the Met Office website. (a) Go to the UK data pages and complete the table below for London and the nearest weather station to your school. (b) Now visit the world data pages and fill in…

A Level

Have a look at the Barometer – a regular podcast featuring weather and climate issues from the University of Manchester. A one hour tutorial on Climate variability, change and water resources from MetEd (requires free registration). The level is suitable for A level. A very useful set of animations, videos and explanations from Wycombe High…

Key Stage 4

Resources for 14-16 Year Old Students Other recommended resources: A wide range of animations from the Met Office suitable for geography and science topics. Resources looking at change of state, latent heat, data handling and the Electromagnetic Spectrum from the NCAS/ DIAMET project. An excellent GA resource investigating weather conditions needed for the various Olympic…