Recording and Forecasting the Weather: Single Lesson for Year 1/2


The National Curriculum states that Children should be taught to identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the equator and the North and South Poles.

In this lesson children learn about the difference between the weather and climate. Children create their own weather symbols and use them to record their observations of the weather over the course of a week. Children also record the temperature, wind direction, cloud type and rainfall. Children present their findings in a short video. Children use information to forecast the weather in their locality and in another part of the United Kingdom.


What is included?

  • PowerPoint for the lesson.
  • Difference between weather and climate activity.
  • Weather symbols sheet
  • Weather symbols design sheet for higher-achieving children and middle-achieving children.
  • Weather symbols design sheet for lower-achieving children.
  • Daily weather pattern recording activity.
  • Daily weather pattern recording activity extension for higher-achieving children.
  • Cloud chart
  • Cloud identifying activity.
  • Weather forecast activity notes sheets.
  • NOT INCLUDED but could be used in this lesson: Thermometer, hand-held weathervane, measuring jugs and an iPad/recording device.

Files included:

Recording and Forecasting the weather: Single Lesson for Year 1/2 PDF File

Recording and Forecasting the Weather Lesson PowerPoint.


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