Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Creating a weather forecast - second level

What is this?

Using the weather as a context, this activity helps children to observe and identify techniques used by others to get their messages across. Using these observations, children will then recreate their own weather forecast.

Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes - second level

  • I regularly select subject, purpose, format and resources to create texts of my choice. (LIT 1-01a / LIT 2-01a)
  • I can recognise different features of my own and others’ spoken language. (ENG 2-03a)
  • As I listen or watch, I can identify and discuss the purpose, main ideas and supporting detail contained within the text, and use this information for different purposes. (LIT 2-04a)
  • As I listen or watch, I can make notes, organise these under suitable headings and use these to understand ideas and information and create new texts, using my own words as appropriate. (LIT 2-05a)

Purpose of the activity

This activity is designed to help children to continue to develop their listening and talking skills. They will use their observations of others delivering messages to recreate their own presentation. Their own feedback could be used to support you as teachers to assess children’s skills and identify next steps in learning. The context for this could be adapted to suit children’s learning and experiences.

Learning activity

Children should watch/listen to the latest weather forecast carefully considering to how it is presented. They should:

  • Write down the words they hear which describe the coming weather;
  • Watch or listen carefully to the presenter’s use of emphasis and expression;
  • Consider how they make use of gestures or facial expression.

Encourage children to make a note of how well presenters do to communicate the weather report. Consider the assistance they get from using visual aids such as charts, graphs, maps and photographs to forecast the weather. In what way do they add to the forecast?

Using the information, knowledge and techniques children have reviewed during the previous activity, they are now going to create their own weather report for forthcoming weather. Encourage them to:

  • Prepare a script;
  • Make use of the language and phrases they may have heard in previous reports;
  • Use a map or chart if they can when presenting the weather forecast;
  • Present their weather report to anyone in the home.

National benchmarks

Second level listening and talking

  • Selects texts regularly for enjoyment or to find information for a specific purpose.
  • Recognises some techniques used to engage or influence the listener, for example, vocabulary, emphasis, tone and/or rhetorical questions.
  • Identifies the main ideas of spoken texts, with supporting detail, and uses the information gathered for a specific purpose.
  • Makes relevant notes using own words, for the most part, and uses these to create new texts for a range of purposes.

Possible approach to assessing learning

As practitioners, you know your learners well and can alter expectations of outcomes for individuals in line with the benchmarks. You can look at ways to review or discuss children’s work and provide feedback occasionally to help move learning forward. You could ask children to share how they found this activity. How easy did they find it? Was there anything that they found difficult?

Resource subject Literacy and English
Resource type Learning activity
Resource format Webpage