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Primary Magazine - Issue 37: Weather

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Primary Magazine Issue 37Sunflowers


Welcome to the 37th issue of the Primary Magazine. This issue is our summer edition and so a little bit different from normal. Last summer we gave you 10 things to do during the summer, in the churchyard, on a scavenger hunt, during a picnic, at the zoo, in the library, at the bowling alley, on the beach, in the cinema, at the park and in a restaurant. This summer we focus on the weather. We give you the necessary weather facts and give plenty of mathematical ideas to go with them – you could do these during your holidays or consider working on them with your class in September. The weather holds plenty of opportunities for some real life mathematics.

Contents list

Stormy Weather

We look at thunderstorms, which can vary from fairly mild rainstorms to very damaging storms with hail and high winds. They form when warm air rises from the Earth’s surface and moves upwards quickly into the colder levels of the atmosphere. We get them occasionally in this country. Around the world they occur thousands of times each day.

Rainy Weather

It’s summer, it’s the holidays, but it’s raining again. So what could you do in (or out of) the rain and with a mathematical theme? This article gives you some great ideas, beginning with five fascinating facts about rain.

Sunny Weather

We all wish for sunny days over the summer season and plan for enjoyable days out at the beach, at the park, in the garden or other outdoor venues – but did you know that the sunshine provides many opportunities for mathematical exploration? This article gives some great ideas that link mathematics effectively with science and PHSE.

Windy Weather

Windy weather is encountered throughout the seasons. In this article, we explore the mathematical opportunities in studying wind direction, wind speed, and what the wind does. There are some great links to science.

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