Curriculum-linked weather and climate resources

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Popular curriculum-linked resources focused on the weather and climate have been updated covering all key stages.

The Royal Meteorological Society has relaunched its educational website - MetLink with new and updated resources.

The resources are aimed at primary and secondary school teachers and students and they include schemes of work, lesson resources, ideas for experiments, and demonstrations and fieldwork. There is also support for teacher CPD.

The relaunch comes in a year when the UK will host COP26 – the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties – in Glasgow in November.

The Royal Meteorological Society says that every student should leave school with the basic climate literacy that “enables them to engage with the messages put forward by media and politicians” and to make “informed decisions about their own opportunities and responsibilities”.

The resources are most relevant to subjects including geography, science and mathematics. Some of the new resources include chemistry-based subjects for science on topics such as carbon footprints, particulate matter, ice albedo and melting as well as ocean acidification and CO2 absorption.

There is also an update to the award-winning climate negotiations resource, which simulates the negotiation process that created the 2015 Paris Agreement and will define COP26.

As well as topic-specific resources, the website also offers teaching ideas and advice on the weather and climate-related links within the national curriculum.

Dr Sylvia Knight, head of education at the Royal Meteorological Society, said: “I am so encouraged to see young people taking the initiative and taking action to keep the climate crisis on the global political and news agenda this year. We hope that with the improvements we have made to MetLink and our resources, we can continue to support as many people as possible in their understanding of weather and climate and enable them to become more involved at a time when it is critical that we take the opportunities offered by Covid to build back greener.”


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