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Recommended Resources to Support the Teaching of Weather and Climate within this Specification

Climate Change

Teaching resources for KS3 and 4.

Some introductory resources on climate and climate change.

Climate Change Schools Project resources.

Climate change updates for geography teachers.

Climate4Classrooms resources.

Other useful links.

The Global Atmospheric Circulation and Climate Zones

Some introductory ideas on climate zones.

Coriolis movie.

We also recommend:

The nullschool animation of current surface winds.

Other useful links.

UK Climate

An introduction by the Met Office.

Air Masses – there are many more air mass resources on the key stage 4 page.

A case study of arctic maritime air.

A case study worksheet of orographic rain can be found on the key stage 4 page.

A Met Office YouTube video on Wind Direction and weather.

Other useful links.

High Pressure including extreme events

An introduction to anticyclones.

A case study of the 2003 heat wave.

A case study of the 2013 heat wave.

A case study of the 2010 heat wave in Russia.

Low Pressure including extreme events

series of downloadable lesson plans and teachers’ notes prepared on weather systems for GCSE geography.

Anticyclones, depressions and fronts.

An introduction to weather systems.

November 2012 floods.

1987 storm.

Other useful links.

Semi-arid regions

Other useful links.


An introduction to microclimates.

An introduction to urban heat islands.

Microclimate fieldwork ideas.

Other useful links.

Weather data

The MetLink observations and data page.

Other useful links.

We recommend the Met Office website for weather and climate data as well as the WOW website for more local, recent data.

Isolines and Synoptic Charts

An urban heat island isotherm drawing exercise can be found on the KS3 page.

Another Isotherm exercise.

synoptic chart exercise.

Understanding weather charts exercises.

An Isotherm and Isobar drawing exercise based on a depression can be found on the KS3 or the A level page.

An introduction to weather charts.

Work out the weather at several UK locations based on simplified weather maps.

Other useful links.

Climate Charts

We recommend the Met Office website for weather and climate data.

Other useful links.

Further KS4 resources.

Link to the full specification on the WJEC website.

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