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Year Nine Topic One - Wild Weather

In this topic students will learn about weather and climate. Students begin by looking at global weather patterns and analysing climates. Students then study precipitation and wind patterns, before moving on to more extreme weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes. The final part of the topic addresses the causes, impacts and possible solutions to climate change.



Knowledge acquired:

  • Knowledge of how extreme weather such as hurricanes occur.
  • Knowledge of factors affecting climate.
  • Understand how climate is changing, it’s impacts and solutions.

Skills developed:

  • Ability to use analyse climate graphs and spot global climatic patterns


  • Apply knowledge and understanding to suggest how climate change can cause issues

Links to previous study:

  • Links to Living in the UK and Flooding, studied in Year 7

Links to future study / the wider world (where applicable):

  • Links to Natural Hazards and the Living World, studied in Year 10



Number of lessons: 14

Sequence of lessons:

  1. Weather and Climate
  2. Climate Graphs
  3. Types of rain
  4. Depressions and anti - cyclones
  5. British Climate
  6. Desert climate
  7. Arctic Climate
  8. Tropical storm formation
  9. Hurricane Katrina
  10. Tornadoes
  11. Extreme weather in the UK
  12. Climate change – greenhouse effect
  13. Natural causes of climate change
  14. Impacts of climate change
  15. Management of climate change
  16. Extreme snow

Main resources:

  • Geog.2 textbook
  • Teacher prepared PowerPoints
  • Worksheets

Method of assessment:

  • Skills assessment at the end of the unit
  • Peer marking after activities

Use of assessments:

  • Recall activities used to inform on-going teaching and learning.
  • End of topic test: used to identify areas of strength and weakness in terms of knowledge and skills.  Areas of weakness addressed throughout the remainder of the course.