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Explore the Arctic

We welcome younger children to our first live lesson broadcast from the Arctic for early years. The live lesson is a perfect introduction to the Polar Regions. The host for the live lesson is Jamie, who will be on his eighth trip to the Arctic. Jamie will share some of the equipment needed to explore this harsh environment, before taking students on an Arctic adventure.

Broadcast on Mon 25 Apr 2022
  • 30 mins
  • Ages 3-5 / EYFS
Learning outcomes
  • Similarities and differences in relation to places and living things
  • Talk about how environments might vary from one another
  • Verbally count beyond 20

If you have never joined a live lesson before, visit the support centre, where you can find a range of technical and educational information.

This lesson is based around exploring the polar environment near the UK’s Arctic Research Station. If you would like to introduce children to some of the life and features found in the Arctic, you can use the galleries listed in the supporting resources before the live lesson.

Questions generated by your class can be submitted via the Encounter Live tab in your profile.

Lesson steps

1. Introduction (3 mins)

Jamie will open the live lesson with a welcome and introduction to Arctic Live and the UK Arctic Research Station, as well as giving shout-outs to students and schools.

2. Keeping warm (7 mins)

Before we head out on our Arctic adventure, we need to make sure we keep warm. Jamie will take classes through all the clothing he has to wear to survive in the Arctic. Can you count how many different items of clothing Jamie is wearing?

3. Exploring the Arctic (15 mins)

Let’s explore the Arctic environment and see what we can spot. Students can use their Arctic Adventure tick sheet to see if they can spot some of the most common things you might see in the Arctic. Let’s hope there are no polar bears too close.

4. Q&A (5 mins)

During this live lesson, we will be using live chat questions to guide the conversation, and we will use this time at the end to cover any questions that we haven’t managed to get to.


AL2020 Speaker Jamie

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

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