KS1 Weather Activities from Hands-On Education
Welcome to Hands-On Education, where we aim to provide quick answers to primary school teachers and home educators who are looking for fun and engaging ways to teach their students. In this topic, we will explore the different types of clouds, how to record temperature accurately, and how to measure it. Additionally, we will learn about Okta grids and how to design and test your own sundial.
Clouds are a fascinating part of our atmosphere and come in many shapes and sizes. There are four main types of clouds: cumulus, stratus, cirrus, and nimbus. Cumulus clouds are fluffy and white, often resembling cotton balls in the sky. Stratus clouds are flat and gray, covering the sky like a blanket. Cirrus clouds are thin and wispy, high up in the sky. Nimbus clouds are dark and rain-bearing, often associated with thunderstorms.
Recording temperature accurately is an important skill for any budding meteorologist. Using a thermometer, you can measure the temperature of the air, soil, or water. It's important to keep the thermometer out of direct sunlight and to wait for a few minutes before taking a reading to ensure accuracy.
Finally, we will explore Okta grids and sundials. An Okta grid is a way of measuring cloud cover, ranging from 0 (completely clear) to 8 (completely overcast). A sundial is a device that uses the position of the sun to tell time. You can design and test your own sundial using simple materials like a pencil, paper, and a stick.
We hope that this KS1 Weather topic will provide a fun and informative way to teach your students about the many fascinating aspects of weather. Happy teaching!