Your local climate lesson plan 9-11s

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: 7-11s
  • Subjects: Science
  • Topics: Climate science

Curriculum links


KS2 Science

Working scientifically

  • planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
  • taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision
  • recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, and bar and line graphs


Pupils should develop their use of geographical tools and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.

  • use fieldwork to observe, measure and record the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.



Science Skills – Enquiry: planning, developing and reflecting; Communication.

Geography Skills – Understanding places, environments and processes; Investigating; Communication. Range – Carry out fieldwork to observe and investigate real places and processes.



Pupils will develop their inquiry, investigative and scientific analytical thinking skills. I can apply my knowledge of how water changes state to help me understand the processes involved in the water cycle in nature over time. SCN 2-05a

Social studies: people, place and environment

I can discuss the environmental impact of human activity and suggest ways in which we can live in a more environmentally responsible way. SOC 2-08a

Northern Ireland


The World Around Us

  • The effect of people on the natural and built environment over time.


  • Positive and negative effects of natural and human events upon place over time.

Change over Time

  • How change is a feature of the human and natural world and may have consequences for our lives and the world around us;
  • Ways in which change occurs over both short and long periods of time in the physical and natural world;
  • The effects of positive and negative changes globally and how we contribute to some of these changes.