OPAL - Open Air Laboratories citizen science
Taking part in OPAL, by Imperial College London you'll discover more about climate science, the important issues we face, and what action to take.
If you teach primary science, click the headings below to find out how to use this resource:
Children will develop their working scientifically skills by:
- Selecting and planning the most appropriate ways to answer science questions, recognising and controlling variables where necessary, including:
- Observing changes over different periods of time.
- Finding things out using a wide range of secondary sources of information.
- Using appropriate scientific language and ideas to explain, evaluate and communicate their methods and findings.
- Using evidence from a range of sources to support and refute ideas.
- Drawing conclusions and raising further questions that could be investigated, based on their data and observations.
- Observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length changes.
Children will learn:
- That data can be collected and interpreted to identifying patterns and trends.
- That trends in data can be used to provide evidence towards ideas.
- That scientists use a wide range of data, identifying patterns and trends, to make informed decisions. Children will be able to provide examples such as climate change.
Suggested activity use
This website provides many opportunities for children to learn about climate and climate change, whilst also discovering how some natural phenomena occur. There are opportunities for children to work on their own surveys looking at weather and carrying out simple weather-related activities.
You may need to navigate the website before the lesson to select the ideas and activities you wish to focus on.