Your local climate lesson plan 11-14s

Help pupils understand how the built environment can affect local weather patterns and their local climate with this pack of lessons to be used flexibly over two or three one-hour lessons. Pupils measure temperature and / or rainfall across their school grounds and learn about how the built environment affects local weather.

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  • Age groups: 11-14s
  • Subjects: Science
  • Topics: Climate science

Curriculum links


KS3 Science 

Working scientifically:

  • Experimental skills and investigations; measurement; analysis and interpretation. 

Chemistry - Earth and atmosphere:

  • The production of carbon dioxide by human activity and the impact on climate. 


  • Understand how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate; and how human activity relies on effective functioning of natural systems.
  • Use fieldwork in contrasting locations to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data.


KS3 Science Skills

Enquiry: planning, developing and reflecting; communication.

Range: how human activity affects the global environment, e.g. acid rain, greenhouse effect.



Understanding places, environments and processes; Investigating; Communication.


  • ask and answer the question ‘what are the features, the processes and patterns of this place/environment and why do they occur?’ Carry out fieldwork to observe and investigate real places and processes.



Pupils will develop their inquiry, investigative and scientific analytical thinking skills.

I can explain some of the processes which contribute to climate change and discuss the possible impact of atmospheric change on the survival of living things. SCN 3-05b

Social studies:

People, place and environment

  • I can identify the possible consequences of an environmental issue and make informed suggestions about ways to manage the impact. SOC 3-08a
  • I can investigate the relationship between climate and weather to be able to understand the causes of weather patterns within a selected climate zone. SOC 3-12a

Northern Ireland



Develop skills in scientific methods of enquiry to further scientific knowledge and understanding: planning for investigations, obtaining evidence, presenting and interpreting results.

Learn about the environment and human influences.


  • Develop enquiry and fieldwork skills.
  • Develop an understanding of the interrelationships between physical and human environments