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Weather and Climate: a Teachers’ Guide

Pathway: Climate

Climate Zones – Past Climate ChangeChanging Global ClimateUK Climate

Lesson overview: In this lesson we revisit climate zones before exploring regional climate differences across the UK and the reasons for them.

Although the climate of the UK is largely Oceanic, some upland areas are Subpolar Oceanic and some small regions of Scotland are Subarctic or Tundra.  Physical factors including prevailing winds, topography, altitude, latitude, distance to the sea, aspect and urbanisation are the primary factors influencing smaller scale regional variations within the UK’s climate.

Learning objectives:

  • To understand how the UK’s climate varies regionally.

  • To be able to explain why the UK’s climate varies regionally.

  • To be able to relate the UK’s climate to where you live.

Key Teaching Resources

UK Climate PowerPoint
UK Climate Worksheet
UK Climate Graph Homework
Reasons for UK Climate Differences

Teacher CPD/ Extended Reading

UK Climate – More for Teachers

Alternative or Extension Resources

UK climate data exercise

Weather and Climate: a Teachers’ Guide

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