Lesson 4: Satellites and forecasts

Learning how weather forecasts are made, pupils use search engines to find data and then record the information in a spreadsheet

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To understand how weather forecasts are made

National curriculum links

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
  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
  • 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 work with a partner and focus on finding the relevant information on websites and putting it in the spreadsheet.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should explain in detail how information from satellites and ground stations leads to weather forecasts as well as how collaboration between forecasters could impact the accuracy of predictions.

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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