Our Learning this term was:
Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands… vast wilds hostile territories, incredibly beautiful yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the earth, treading deep in snow or pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs.
Be alert, for magnificent mammals roam these lands, sometimes hungry or fresh for a fight. Perhaps a hungry polar bear or an arctic fox; hunting rodents and swift as the wind!
Research facts and figures of climate, temperature, habitats and eco-systems and compose evocative poems about the Northern Lights. Become part of an Antarctic rescue team, braving the elements to rescue terrified passengers from a ship struck by a deadly berg that hides deep beneath the Antarctic Ocean. So wrap up well everyone and settle by the fire. I’m just going outside and may be some time…
Key Texts to support this topic:
The Call of the Wild - Jack London - 9780141321059
Titanic (I Was There) - Margi McAllister - 9781407148861
Polar Regions (Planet Earth) - Steve Parker - 9781848350601
Arctic and Antarctic - DK Eyewitness - 9781405394628
Scott of the Antarctic - Evelyn and Julian Dowdeswell - 9781406245899
Trapped by the Ice! Shackleton's Amazing Antarctic Adventure - Michael McCurdy - 9780802776334
Wow, wow, wow! We had the most amazing Polar Fun Day with Robynne from ETE Explorers. Robynne is a Marine Biologist and she spent the day with us imparting her amazing knowledge!
The day started with us finding out all about Robynne, her travels to the Arctic and her research whilst she was there, we got to ask lots of questions and find out lots of new scientific language!
Then we explored a real polar kit. We learnt how to dress the in polar regions to keep us as warm as possible and we also learnt about the different items we might need, depending on what time of year we are travelling and our purpose!
We then begun planning an expedition of our own! We thought about what we would like to explore or study, where we would go, how long for and what we would need.
Later in the day, we learnt all about how animals and plants are especially adapted to suit their environments. Robynne taught us all about wildlife in the polar regions, particularly those with blubber...we then made our very own blubber gloves! We were amazed at how well protected we were from the icy water compared to our bare hands!
Lastly we learnt all about glaciers. Robynne explained how they are made and how they form icebergs. We even learnt what would happen if every single glacier melted in the world before making our very own replicas!
What an amazing day! We came away with very full up brains and we cannot wait to use all of this knowledge in the rest of our learning. Thank you ETE Explorers!