Lesson 1: What’s the weather?

Pupils explore the weather around the world, recording the data into a spreadsheet and sorting it

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To log data taken from online sources within a spreadsheet

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information


CAS Framework links 

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: could label the temperatures on the Resource: World map resource rather than in a spreadsheet.


Pupils working at greater depth: could use their geographic knowledge to help them to get closer the actual highest and lowest temperatures. They could also be shown how to insert a table (see script) to enable them to more easily sort the data.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Richard Williams,  
Computing specialist
Richard is a Year 6 Teacher at St. Pancras Primary School. Richard’s passion for teaching was recognised when he received Suffolk’s ‘Raising The Bar’ award for Innovation 2016. With his class he made the world’s first guided VR:360 school tour…
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