TEMPEST: extreme weather in the UK

TEMPEST is a database of historical weather extremes in the UK. Bring these stories to your classroom with our user guide. 

The Geography of Conflict

This module introduces students to the topical issue of conflict, a concept that can be challenging to teach. A particular focus of the module is the extent to which conflict can influence, and be influenced by, geography

Natural resources

Introducing students to the global distribution of natural resources and the international relationships these resources generate

Coasts

Exploring coasts as dynamic and changing systems

Glaciation and geological timescales

A module focused on glaciers and glaciation, with two of the lessons dealing specifically with aspects of geology and geological time

Mapping London

This module will take you on a journey through the way that London, a fascinating city, has been presented and represented over the years

The United Kingdom

The aim of this unit is to develop the essential qualities and skills of young geographers through geographical knowledge and geographical enquiry relating to the physical and human environments of The United Kingdom

Impossible places

This module explores how human activity can create or change places that can be considered to be "impossible"

Rivers

Pupils will learn that rivers and river systems, are dynamic; changing the landscape in visible and at times dramatic ways

New India

The purpose of this module is to explore what is often referred to in the media as ‘New India'

The geography of science

The purpose of this module is to explore some of the links between the disciplines of geography and science through three topical flashpoints: swine flu, earthquakes and climate change

Guidance and support in developing high quality primary geography

Guidance and support in developing high quality primary geography

Our place in history

This cross-curricular unit links geographical and historical study to enable students to research, understand and develop an affinity with the history of their local area

Weather and Climate resources: Key Stage Five

This section contains a selection of teaching resources that were produced by the Met Office education team for Key Stage Five (ages 16 - 18)

Russia's regions and roles

A compelling case can be made for studying Russia as part of KS3 geography. Quite simply, geography is the study of the world and Russia is the world’s largest country!

Who do we think we are?

A cross-curricular unit linking Geography with Citizenship

You are what you eat

Introducing students to some of the wide ranging topical issues related to food and food production

Changing faces, shaping places

This module focuses on the theme of migration, the permanent or semi-permanent change of a person's place of residence - or simply, the movement of people from one place to another

Geography: The language of Europe

This is a cross-curricular module which introduces aspects of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) into the geographical study of places and processes in Europe

Mapping festivals

This module develops students' map skills through the contemporary topic of Music Festivals

Are you flood ready?

This unit of work teaches resilience in the context of water and flooding

Glacial environments

The purpose of this unit of work is to introduce students to a fascinating area of physical geography: glacial environments

Who wants to live forever?

This unit of work explores important demographic themes

Changing climates

The purpose of this module is to explore the climates of today and predict the climates of the future

Adventure landscapes

This module appeals to students' sense of wonder and adventure, virtually dropping them into dramatic places above and below ground and allowing them to explore the physical processes that formed them and continue to shape them

Risky world

The purpose of this module is to explore the world of risk from a personal scale to a global scale

Who wants to be a billionaire

The richest one per cent of adults in the world own 40% of the world's wealth, and about half the world's population live on less than US$2 a day

Fantastic places

The purpose of this module is to stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about places

Map skills

This six-lesson unit on map skills is designed so that one lesson will be taught in each year group from years one through six

Africa- a continent of contrasts

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the huge variation in geography that exists within the complex continent of Africa

Paradise Lost

This module is about tourism in contemporary Thailand

London 2012

The build up to the Olympics in 2012 hosted in London provides an excellent hook to engage Key Stage 3 students with many geographical themes on a range of scales

The geography of my stuff

This unit of work focuses upon the interconnections and inter-relationships that link teenage consumers living in the UK with societies and environments overseas, where the goods they purchase are made

Global Trade

This module comprises six lessons or half a term's work, and focuses on global trade

Mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes

This module, comprising of six lessons, or half a term’s work, will focus on mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes

Exploring Shackleton’s Antarctica

The aim of the module is to develop an enquiry on the Polar region of Antarctica focusing on Shackleton’s 1914–17 Endurance Expedition

The Mediterranean

This module, comprising of six lessons takes a ‘zoom lens’ approach to studying the Mediterranean region within Europe

The United States of America

This module, comprising six lessons, or half a term’s work, will focus on the United States of America

Hong Kong: A city in Asia by the sea

This module, comprising six lessons, or half a term's work, focuses on the city of Hong Kong

Extreme Tourism

Ice River – A journey to Zanskar in Winter: Tourism in an Extreme Environment

Moorland Ecology

After the burning - Moorland restoration in the Peak District

Urbanisation and migration

The Sand Diggers of Mali: The impacts of a rapidly growing city

Coral reef ecosystems

Exploitation and management of a coral reef ecosystem, Menjangan Island, Bali, Indonesia

Seaweed farming

Hugging the Coast: An exploration by sea kayak of liminal (marginal) living and rural development in North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Grand Alpine Tour

The ‘Grand Alpine Tour’, undertaken in the summer of 2014, encompassed a six thousand mile journey through some of the Alps’ toughest terrain

Ocean acidification

Investigating the impact of ocean acidification on biogeochemical cycling through sea ice

Glacial landscapes

Past climate and glaciation of the Drakensberg Mountains, southern Africa

Tectonic landscapes

Volcanic research at a subduction zone

Earthquakes in New Zealand

Returning “home”?: Emotional geographies of the disaster displacement in Christchurch, New Zealand

Made in Britain

How can the UK adapt to manufacturing challenges in order to sustain economic growth and resilience?

Equalising education

Equalising education is not just about closing the education and skills gap between developed and developing countries but also about ensuring everyone has the right to a good education

Air quality for all

Poor air quality is a global problem but do we recognise its extent both spatially and in terms of the number of people affected

Feeding the 9 billion

We will need 70% more food to be produced to cope with the massive expansion of urban living, the rise of the middle classes, climate change and resource scarcity

Global health in the 21st Century

Can societies strike a balance between combating pandemics, while maintaining the hopes of eradicating established diseases

Adapting to an urban future

In 2009 the 50/50 point was passed and, for the first time in history, more people live in urban than rural areas

Digital technology in Africa

Would overcoming Africa’s digital divide help tackle the more fundamental development gap?

Can the UK ever be sustainable?

Our way of life is placing an increasing burden on the planet, but how realistic are visions of a sustainable future?

Not in my back yard

With pressure on the UK’s ageing energy and transport infrastructures mounting, is it time to put projects of national importance ahead of local concerns?

Digital divide in the UK?

Does the internet's rapid evolution and increasing role in daily life threaten to leave some sections of society behind?

Importing goods, exporting drought?

Some places increasingly suffer from low water supplies for indigenous people on account of agricultural and manufacturing activities serving people in distant societies

Engineering our climate

Whilst geo-engineering is not a solution to climate change, the question of whether it can be an effective means to delay the impacts of climate changed, is now being asked

Britain's ageing population

Britain is facing a dramatic shift in its population age structure, caused by both a declining fertility rate and a rising life expectancy rate

Future of low carbon energy

As our awareness of climate change grows, the issue of carbon, and more importantly low carbon energy, is very much a challenge

Razing the rainforest

Deforestation has been on the global political and social agenda for a number of decades, but it is only now with the link between deforestation and climate change that there is new awareness

Concreting the countryside

The UK has a projected housing shortfall of 3 million homes by 2020 and the crisis is one of supply meeting demand and where to put these new homes

Weather and climate resources: Key Stage One

This section contains a selection of teaching resources that were produced by the Met Office education team for Key Stage One (up to the age of seven)

Weather and climate resources: Key Stage Two

This section contains a selection of teaching resources that were produced by the Met Office education team for Key Stage Two (ages seven to 11)

Weather and climate resources: Key Stage Three

This section contains a selection of teaching resources and case studies that were produced by the Met Office education team for Key Stage Three (ages 11-14)

Climate 4 Classrooms

Climate4classrooms provides curriculum linked teaching resources about climate change for pupils

Natural disasters: How to improve?

How our response to natural disasters can be improved and lessons learnt which benefit vulnerable communities worldwide in the long-term

Coasts - Hunstanton Cliffs and NW Norfolk

This resource explores the Hunstanton area of NW Norfolk, and the stretch of coastline on either side, which borders The Wash in the East of England.