Online Weather and Climate Course for Teachers, Trainee Teachers and A Level students

The Royal Meteorological Society would like to draw your attention to the fact that, following requests from secondary geography PGCE course tutors, we have brought forward the start of Come Rain or Shine, our free online weather and climate subject knowledge course for secondary geography teachers (and A level students).

Drawing on materials developed over 10 years of successfully delivering subject knowledge days to PGCE students across the country, the course aims to increase the confidence of geographers to teach weather and climate – a topic which many list as one of the topics they are least comfortable with. Specifically, the learning objectives of the course are:

• Describe the weather features associated with depressions, anticyclones and the four main air masses which affect the UK.
• Interpret a synoptic chart (also known as a weather chart) to provide details about wind speed and direction, precipitation and cloud cover.
• Describe some of the physical processes which give rise to weather, such as convection, condensation, pressure gradients and the Coriolis force.
• Investigate local weather conditions using readily available instruments.
• Explain some of the processes which transfer energy through the Earth system, including the transient effects of volcanoes and changes in the Earth’s orbit, and how these processes relate to the Earth’s climate.
• Apply your understanding of mid-latitude weather systems to the analysis of weather data and images.

The course is available on the FutureLearn platform at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/come-rain-or-shine . Access to the course is free for 5 weeks from when you first register, and most of the materials can be downloaded. The course will be supported by expert mentors for the first 3 weeks.

Please draw this to the attention of any student teachers, or students, who you feel will benefit from it.

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