Scotland has experienced some erratic and severe weather conditions in recent years.
Learning about weather patterns and understanding their impact is key to developing resilient learners who can share their knowledge and act appropriately.
Contexts for learning
This context allows learners to study issues affecting wider society including climate change, the financial costs of severe weather to businesses and individuals, and how severe weather can affect more vulnerable groups in our society.
There are strong curriculum links to health and wellbeing, social subjects/Geography, science and STEM subjects, and associated activities can provide a context for developing literacy and technology skills.
PDF file: Curriculum links - Severe weather (519 KB)
Opportunities for partnership working
Potential candidates for partnership working include meteorologists, local authority planning officers, members of the emergency services and charities such as Age Scotland.
Students might wish to consider volunteering during the winter months. This could include opportunities with local councils, or informal volunteering such as helping out elderly neighbours.
This learning journey focuses on preparing for and responding to severe winter weather in Scotland. It is accompanied by a selection of learner activities and challenges.
This learning journey looks at the variety of severe weather conditions experienced in Scotland and ways in which we can be warned about them.
This learning journey focuses on severe storms and the effect they have on individuals and communities in Scotland. Learners consider measures they can take to prepare themselves and others in order to limit the damage severe storms might cause.
We have information from the Met Office, SEPA and Sustrans. Discover what the weather will be like this winter, what you can do to prepare for flooding and how you can get your bike ready for winter.
A practical guide for children to help get their family ready.
Series of leaflets produced by the Met Office.
Advice on cycling in the winter from Sustrans.
The Rapid Response Engineering Challenge (RREC) is a problem solving activity for S1 and S2 pupils to help them understand the work of civil engineers, particularly in the event of a disaster.
A short film from SNIFFER explaining how climate change will impact on Scotland
Download these visuals to identify key climate change impacts and risks as well as the adaptation measures that could contribute to a climate ready Scotland.
Ready for Winter
Series of films looking at how to be ready for winter weather.
You might find the following links useful when studying severe weather in the context of emergency planning and resilience education.
- Ready for winter?: Six useful activities from the British Red Cross to help young people prepare for winter.
- YouTube - Get ready for winter: Lynne spent 15 hours trying to drive from Stirling to Glasgow in severe weather in 2010. This video shows the challenges she faced, the people who helped her and how she has prepared for winter driving since.
- BBC weather: The weather section of the BBC website including up-to-date forecasts and weather warnings from around the UK.