Greenhouse effect simulation

Using an interactive simulation, learners can understand the importance of the greenhouse effect by observing how greenhouse gases trap heat, supporting life on our planet. The simulation is a useful tool for learners of different ages, with adaption made in the supporting materials. Teacher guidance explains the simulation functionality. Younger learners can use the 'Learner guide' worksheet, whereas GCSE students can explore in more detail using the 'Temperature Lab' guidance.

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~ 1 hour


Download the resources below, depending on the prior knowledge and age of learners, and follow the instructions in the teaching guidance.

What you need


  • Indoors

Curriculum links

  • KS2 Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics