EYFS units: The Meteorologist
Resources and activities themed around a STEM job, to build language and understanding around the world of work.
Meteorologists use special equipment and make forecasts of what the weather is going to be like. Meteorologist are:
Curious and want to know what the weather will be like in the future.
Observant when they look at what the weather is like today.
Collaborative as they work together with other people to get their job done.
Our EYFS units provide enabling environments with teaching and support from adults. Reflecting on the characteristics of effective teaching and learning, children will have opportunity to learn and develop by:
• playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
• active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
• creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things
Taken from Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
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We have designed these STEM focused questions to use alongside the questioning you would usually use when reading a story. These questions are particularly suitable for Nursery aged children.
These adult led activities and provocations will support the introduction of the meteorologist career to the children in your setting.
We have included these links to our related STEM at home activities. These could be sent out for families to try at home, or run in school at a family session.
You can download our meteorologist poster to use in your setting.
Meteorologists need to know what the weather is doing now, calculate how this will change in the future and use their expert knowledge to refine the details.
They observe and record the weather 24 hours a day across the globe and combine this with satellite pictures to see how the Earth’s atmosphere is behaving: in terms of temperature, precipitation, air pressure and cloud cover.
Meteorologists use thermometers to measure temperature, barometers to measure air pressure and anemometers for measuring wind speed. They use weather balloons to measure temperature, air pressure, wind speed and wind direction in the troposphere, the lowest layer Earth’s atmosphere and where almost all weather conditions take place.
Meteorologists feed the weather data collected into a supercomputer that performs complex equations to create models that predict the future weather. They check their models to make sure their forecasts are going to plan and adjust them where necessary.
Did you know that some weather presenters on television and radio are meteorologists?