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1. Weather in Our Lives


Weather and Climate: a Teachers’ Guide

Pathway: Basic Weather

Weather in our Lives

Lesson overview: In this lesson, we investigate what weather is and how it has an impact on our daily lives – our clothes, food, travel, work and leisure activities.

Weather describes the atmospheric conditions in your location right now and it is impossible to ignore or escape its effects on our everyday lives.  Weather affects our lives both directly, for example by determining whether we get sunburnt, and indirectly, for example by affecting the price of our food.  It strongly influences our physical environments, both rural and urban.  Weather data is provided by the Met Office and various other organisations in the UK and consumed across society to help us accommodate weather in our lives. As our climate changes so does our weather – particularly our extreme weather.

Learning objectives:

  • To be able to define what the weather is
  • To explain how the weather can have a direct impact upon our lives
  • To evaluate how the weather can vary from place to place and time to time.

Key Teaching Resources

Weather in Our Lives PowerPoint

Weather in Our Lives PowerPoint (Easier)

Weather Diary Homework 


Teacher CPD/ Extended Reading

Weather in Our Lives – More for Teachers


Alternative or Extension Resources


Collecting Community Weather Memories

Investigating the correlation between classroom behaviour and weather.

Using weather data to investigate whether sports events can go ahead (Developed by Martin Sutton and previously published in Teaching Geography)

A grid to record the impact of weather on our lives over the course of a week. 

Weather and Climate: a Teachers' Guide

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