Activity: Identify different weather and name the seasons.
Resources needed: Weather bingo cards (one per child), counters, 4 large pieces of sugar paper (one each for spring, summer, autumn and winter)
- Have a brief discussion about the weather – who likes going out in the rain? What do we do when it snows? What must we remember to do in the sunshine? What sort of weather do we get in this country? How are other counties different? What are the coldest/warmest places we can think of?
- Play a game of weather bingo – give out some bingo cards with weather pictures and remind the children of the trickier ones, such as fog. Call out weather types and every so often use phrases such as ‘We might have some of this in the winter time’ or ‘We get a lot of this in the summer’ to reinforce seasons work later on.
- When you have a winner at the bingo game, let the children cut up their bingo cards so that they each have nine different types of weather.
Teaching point: Remind the children of the four seasons and ask what the weather is like in each of them. It is worth reminding the children that some weather in this country can be seen in all four seasons, particularly rain!
- Ask the children to place their weather types on the correct season – if they have rain, they can choose a season to place it on! When all the weather types have been placed, with discussion if necessary, ask the children to draw
- When all the weather types have been placed, with discussion if necessary, ask the children to draw a picture of themselves and place it on the season their birthday falls in. It might be useful to have the names of the months under each season.
Teaching point: The seasons are defined as Spring (March, April, May), Summer (June, July, August), Autumn (September, October, November) and Winter (December, January, February)
- The children could also draw a heart (for their favourite season), a picture to represent a celebration during a season (for example a Christmas tree during winter) or an item of clothing appropriate to the season (such as a swimming costume in summer).
Make a weather chart to use every day. Keep a record of the weather and look for trends or patterns. Is it warmer/wetter/colder than we might expect for the time of the year?
Give the children a clothing catalogue, or lots of pictures of clothing items and ask them to sort them into the appropriate seasons. Are there any items we can wear all year round? For example, it is possible to go swimming in the winter!
Make a seasonal theme area in the classroom and fill it with appropriate items – pictures, clothing, celebrations, models etc.
Curriculum Areas covered:
During KS1, pupils should develop knowledge about the world, the United Kingdom and their locality. They should understand basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness.
Human and physical geography
- 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