Other Curricula and the Scottish Primary Curriculum

Although we have classified our resources according to the Key Stages used by the National Curricula for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, they should be more widely usable. For reference, Key Stage 1 (KS1) applies to ages 4-7, Key Stage 2 to ages 7-11, Key Stage 3 to ages 11-14 and Key Stage 4 to ages 14-16.

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Early Level: People, Place and the Environment

While learning outdoors in differing weathers, I have
described and recorded the weather, its effects and
how it makes me feel and can relate my recordings
to the seasons

  • Names and talks about at least two different kinds
    of weather.
  • Draws pictures to record the weather for three days.
  • Describes how weather affects the activities they
    can undertake.
  • Talks about how they feel about different kinds
    of weather.
  • Describes which weather is likely to be related to which

Suggested resources:

Make a weather tree like this one.

Weather symbols and more Weather symbols.

Seasons (this is an old resource, but also fits with the new curriculum).

Seasons from NGfL Cymru

First Level: People, Place and the Environment

By using a range of instruments, I can measure and record
the weather and discuss how weather affects my life

  • Uses instruments to measure and record at least two
    different weather elements, for example, temperature,
    rainfall, wind direction.

Suggested resources:

Pine Cone weather station.

How to make a wind meter, wind vane, rain gauge and much more.

Does rain always come from dark clouds?

Top 10 ideas for weather fieldwork.

Weather measurements from the Royal Society.

By exploring climate zones around the world, I can compare
and describe how climate affects living things.

  • Contributes to a discussion giving reasoned opinions
    on how the weather affects life.
  • Draws two conclusions about how living things adapt
    to the climate in any chosen area

Suggested resources:

An Island Home: Struay and where we live.

UK weather journey

Climate zone journey.

Sheet to record how the weather affects you.

World climates – holiday destinations.

An interactive GIS activity exploring extreme temperatures around the world.

Second Level: People, Place and the Environment

I can describe the physical processes of a natural disaster (extreme weather event)
and discuss its impact on people and the landscape

  • Describes the causes of a natural disaster such
    as a volcano, earthquake or extreme weather event.
  • Describes the impact of the natural disaster giving
    at least three examples for people and one for the
    landscape. Impact can be positive or negative.

Suggested resources:

Background information:

Hurricane Katrina

2003 heat wave in Europe.

December 2011 storm from the Ordnance Survey.

We’ve pulled together some resources about ex-hurricane Ophelia, bringing together information about tropical cyclones, depressions, anticyclones and air masses to explore the extremely unusual weather we experienced in October 2017 Ophelia.pptx.

Suggested Lessons: The Beast from the East

Lesson Outline

PowerPoint 1

PowerPoint 2

card sort

UK map for air masses

Lesson 1 worksheet

Lesson 2 video questions

Lesson 2 weather observations workstation cards

You can find some older Scottish Curriculum linked ideas and lesson plans to enhance the learning and teaching of weather studies in the primary school here. These pre-date the Curriculum for Excellence.


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