This project teaches children about the characteristics and features of polar regions, including the North and South Poles, and includes a detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them.
This is a Humanities project and will involve the use of grid references, lines of latitude and longitude, contour lines and symbols in maps and on globes to understand and record the geography of an area. The pupils will investigate polar day and night, polar oceans, polar landscapes, climate change, the natural resources of the regions and the indigenous peoples. The pupils will also explore tourism in the Antarctic. As part of Science and Technology, the project will teach pupils about classification of polar flora and fauna and polar adaptations. We will also look at the work of Polar explorers, including Shackleton, and investigate icebergs.
As part of the project the pupils will engage in a range of genres of writing as part of their Literacy work, including:
- non-chronological reports
- newspaper reports
- adventure narratives.
You have been asked to write a magazine article for ‘Pole to Polar’, a company specialising in Arctic Circle cruises. You will need to use your knowledge of the polar region and further online research to ensure that your article is interesting and informative.
The children will work in groups to create a presentation for an assembly about the poles. The children will explain the science of polar habitats, create drama pieces or dramatic diary readings about the expedition of Scott to the South Pole and show the similarities and differences between the Arctic and the Antarctic.