Teachers' Notes KS1 and 2
KS1 and KS2 guidelines
These guidelines can be adapted to suit your classroom needs. We
suggest using the forecast 24 hours ahead of your chosen
- Decide the location where you will monitor the forecast. This
could be your school, STEM club or a local green space. Check you
know its postcode. Decide the time slot in which you will monitor
- Weather Labs allows you to measure temperature, humidity, wind
velocity, wind direction and cloud cover. Will your class have time
to measure all of these or will you have to be selective? Choose
which weather phenomena you wish to measure and decide the
instruments you will use to collect your data. You can build your
own devices - have a look at Test the weather forecast.
Alternatively, you can use the online devices on the LGFL website.
- When you have decided which phenomena you will measure and
decided how you will measure them, go to our forecast page - Your
Weather - and enter the location postcode where you'll be
- View the 24 hour forecast.
- Hit "download data sheet" for the time of the forecast you are
going to monitor. This will automatically generate a spreadsheet in
a new tab. The time and location for this weather forecast is
already entered for you, as are the forecast data. Just fill in
your school name.
- Save this spreadsheet to your computer. You can also print it
out if you wish to record data on paper first.
- Make your weather instruments or access the LGFL online
instruments. Carry out your weather observations during the time
slot you have chosen on the forecast. Pupils can work in large
groups or in pairs. If you're using your own weather instruments
groups can make the same instrument and compare the results they
- Enter your own data observations in the spaces on the
spreadsheet. Also enter what time you took the observations and
what devices you used.
- The sheet will automatically produce a report and graphs of the
differences between the forecast and your observations.
- When you have finished, save the sheet as an Excel, Open Office
or NeoOffice file.
- Discuss how accurate the weather forecast was. Groups can
produce a picture, short story or write up of their work.
The records you have made are valuable data. With our partners
at Manchester University, we will be studying what they reveal, and
publishing the results on this site. You can send your saved
spreadsheets to email@example.com .
Please name in the format
Extension activities for KS1 and 2
Discuss how to make your
measurements valid. What makes some measurements more valid
than others? Ask your pupils to work in pairs. Do measurements
differ between pair groups? Discuss what might cause this.
Discuss who needs and uses weather forecasts. Do weather
forecasts need to be more accurate for some users than others?
We would be very interested to hear of any school experiences
using this data. Please do write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.