Individual lesson: The Atlantic Ocean and the Climate


Students will investigate the relationship between latitude and climate, describing the major climate zones. Students will then investigate the impact of the ocean on climate with a specific reference to the Gulf Stream and its warming influence on the United Kingdom and northwest Europe. The lesson ends with students evaluating model answers and coming up with their own explanations.

Students do not find out the key question and the outcomes until halfway through the lesson. This allows them to develop their own ideas before having to change these in the light of new evidence.

What Will I Learn?

  • Describe weather and climate
  • Show major climate zones on a map
  • Describe the impact of latitude on climate
  • Describe what is meant by the Gulf Stream and its influence on climate
  • Explain the differences in climate between specific places in Europe and North America

Topics for this course

5 Lessons

The Atlantic Ocean and the Climate

Draft Lesson
Weather words
Climate and latitude
Climate and the ocean
Explaining influences on climate