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The Weather - Severe Christmas Conditions

Published: Jul 2020
5 mins


Engaging Key Stage 3 geography with great ideas for examining severe weather conditions.

Teacher, Dan Cowling, turns his KS3 geography class into climate detectives, to learn what the human consequences of severe winter weather conditions are.

Dan gets his class to discover why a combination of bad Christmas weather conditions meant that council officer, Brian, was too busy to get home to enjoy his Boxing Day turkey sandwich!

Wind, rain, sleet, snow and ice are the catalysts for chaos, demanding responses from Brian, both personally and professionally.

Dan hands out an envelope full of different clues that prompt pupils to reflect on the impact of the weather on everyday life. They must prioritise the information into what's relevant, what's informative but not relevant and what's not relevant at all.

Dan gives an informative breakdown of the philosophy, aims and take-away value for pupils of the exercise.

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