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Winter Weather 1

To help children to be aware of the variety of winter weather, and to reflect on their response to different types of weather.

by Jill Fuller

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)

Aims

To help children be aware of the variety of winter weather. To reflect on their response to different types of weather.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need a recording of 'Winter' from Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
  • You might like to prepare a display to act as a focus, perhaps including pictures of winter scenes, a pair of wellington boots, a skipping rope, a scarf, gloves and hat, a kite.

Assembly

  1. Make sure that the music is playing as the children enter. Allow some quiet listening time once they are settled.

  2. Ask the children if they know what the music is. If not, name the composer and explain that he wrote the music to portray a 'sound picture' of one of the seasons. Invite them to decide which of the four seasons the music describes and to give reasons for their decision.

  3. Ask the children to imagine that they have been asked to paint a 'word picture' of winter weather. What words (or adjectives, for older children) would they use? Grey, bleak, cold, windy, wet, crisp, bright, fun?

  4. Draw out that during the winter months we experience a wide range of weather. Share with the children all the varieties we can experience (e.g. mist, fog, showers, heavy rain, flood, gales, snow, mild and cold days, bright sunshine).

  5. Discuss how the weather affects their choice of activities and pastimes, e.g. they might prefer playing active games at playtime rather than sitting around, having hot soup for lunch rather than sandwiches, playing football rather than cricket?

  6. Ask what is their favourite winter weather, and why. What do they enjoy about rain, wind, mist? Discuss how the different types of weather affect our moods. How do they feel when it is windy, foggy, overcast, torrential rain, crisp and sunny? Do we need to be aware of this, e.g. conscious that windy weather can make us excited, lack of sun can make us feel sad. Ask them to listen to the music during the following time for reflection.

Time for reflection

Invite the children to be aware of the weather today and in the coming week, to reflect about how the weather affects them and how they feel.

Dear God,
Thank you for change.
As the world turns, the seasons turn.
As the seasons turn, the weather turns.
As the weather turns, we turn up our collars
against the wind,
turn up our heating against the cold,
put up our umbrellas against the rain.

We see the world with winter eyes:
trees with no leaves,
bare branches in the wind,
snow painting everything shining white.
Dear God,
Thank you for change.
Amen.

 

Song/music

'To everything, turn, turn, turn' (Come and Praise, 113).

Curriculum links

  • Literacy: Make an anthology of poems and rhymes about winter weather, and write your own. Look at the winter scenes in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • Numeracy: Make a graph showing different types of weather over a week, or several weeks.
  • Geography: Keep weather records and learn the symbols used for different types of weather.
  • Art: Look at how different artists have portrayed seasons.
  • Music: Compose a winter sound sequence, exploring the season through timbre and texture.
Publication date: January 2001   (Vol.3 No.1)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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