Trip to television studio turns out fine for students

Aaron Halliday, Lewis Sayers, Michael Sharples, Rebecca Kirkpatrick, Hannah Bayman ( BBC Weather Presenter) Bethany Monaghan, Ellen Page, Isabella Gongas, Rachel Lumb, Katherine Monaghan, Iain Taylor ( Head of Geography)
Aaron Halliday, Lewis Sayers, Michael Sharples, Rebecca Kirkpatrick, Hannah Bayman ( BBC Weather Presenter) Bethany Monaghan, Ellen Page, Isabella Gongas, Rachel Lumb, Katherine Monaghan, Iain Taylor ( Head of Geography)
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BUDDING television stars learned all about predicting and presenting the weather during a visit to the BBC’s Look North studios.

Year 9 geography students from Blyth School Community College were given an insight into how weather forecasts are put together during a day at the BBC’s Newcastle office.

Lewis Sayers

Lewis Sayers

The pupils are studying weather and climate and have made their own meteorological measuring instruments including wind vanes, anemometers and rain gauges.

While at Look North, they watched weather presenters Paul Mooney and Hannah Bayman at work and got the chance to ask the pair a variety of questions about their jobs.

The school’s head of geography, Iain Taylor, said: “Studying changes in the weather gives our young people a better understanding of the more serious side to adverse conditions.

“For most young people, a heavy snowfall offers the chance to go out and have fun with their friends, but those same weather conditions can lead to fatalities, particularly among the most vulnerable groups in society, such as the elderly, disabled and young children.

“It is also important for young people to gain an insight into the various career options open to them in this field and to help them when they choose their GCSE subject options.

“It is a way of bringing geography to life and proving the subject exists beyond the classroom.”