Arctic Explorers

Author(s): Rosie Newland

Theme: Arctic

Main Curriculum Focus
• The class will learn that the climate of the Arctic is extreme, very different to the mild English conditions. In an imaginary context we will define in detail what would be required, if we were to travel to the Artic in safety.
• They will learn that in 2019 there are environmental problems impacting upon the Arctic, such as the rapid ice melt of glaciers. The class will confront the evidence of global warming in order to assess the evidences of its existence.
• The class will discover through focussed research, a range of the fauna/flora native to an Arctic environment.
• The class will learn how to write lists using bullet points accurately.
• The children will learn to ask questions and make a persuasive argument.

Inquiry Question
"• How is it possible for animal life to survive and live in an Arctic environment?
• Do we have an obligation to protect the environment for the generations who follow us?
• What are the consequences of human’s actions on the planet?
• Is there an urgent need to protect the polar ice caps? What would be the possible impacts be of uncontrolled melting?
• What would we need to survive Arctic conditions?"

Expert Team: Artic Explorers who are scientists who can ‘take action’

Client(s): Dr Jane. She is head scientist at the research base

for the team of Arctic Explorers to venture to the research base to support Jane and her partner by making observations and taking readings concerning the evidence of polar bear over this vast area of land.


The team of Artic Explorers, after watching a news clip, receive a letter from a scientific research centre in the Arctic asking for help with making observations and taking readings. Jan, the scientist who keeps watch over the research base located in the Arctic, has been sent to evaluate the impacts of Global warming and report to what extent it has been having a detrimental impact on the Arctic and the number of polar bears living there. She and her partner scientists has been sent there to observe Polar bear numbers, look at temperatures and measure the thickness of the ice within a 50-mile radius from the base but she has found it is too great an area to cover by herself. She has noticed a decline in numbers and is worried that without human intervention the polar bears may cease to exist in this area.

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