Discovering the Arctic

Discovering the Arctic
KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16Website

Discovering the Arctic is an online education resource for schools, developed by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG, in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Scottish Association for Marine Science.

It supports secondary teaching in the subjects of Geography and Science. It is targetted at GCSE level (ages 14-16) but is suitable for other age groups with some adaptation, and suggestions are provided for areas that can be used with primary pupils. It is designed as a resource to ‘dip into’ rather than as a whole scheme of work. It includes the following sections on:

  • Climate change – how will this affect the Arctic and what are the implications?
  • Living on the edge – what it’s like to live in the Arctic
  • Arctic science – why the region is a magnet for scientists
  • Hunter or hunted? – Arctic species at risk
  • Postcard from the edge – how does tourism affect the Arctic?
  • Troubled waters – what’s it like to sail through Arctic ice?
  • Resources from the edge – the wealth of the Arctic
  • Arctic Circumpolar Governance – find out how the Arctic is governed
  • Snow, water, ice, permafrost – will a changing Arctic bring threats or opportunities?
  • Adapting to change – what are the long-term challenges facing the region?

Each of these sections is divided into the following activities for individual, pair or groupwork:

  • Pole position: Learning activities to introduce the topic
  • Cool running: Main learning activities
  • Polar pitstop: Follow-up learning activities to extend the topic or to review and reinforce the main activities.

Full teachers’ notes are provided, as well as adaptable text versions of many of the multimedia learning activities.

 

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