Lesson 2: Weather stations

Pupils design a weather station which gathers and records sensor data, explaining how it works and the units of measurement it would use

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To design a weather station

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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
  • Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should focus on measuring rain or temperature, as these are both things they could do easily in real life using objects that are widely available.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be challenged to focus on measuring sunshine, thinking about the units it would be measured in and how often the device would record this.

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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