Broadcast live on:

Monday 25 Apr 2022
  • free
  • 45 mins
  • 7-11
This live broadcast has ended and is available to watch on catch up.

Free - Explore the Arctic

This is an introductory lesson to the Arctic. 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, as well as some of the communications skills needed to keep safe. Classes will then enjoy a tour of the Arctic station and surrounding area.

Learning outcomes

Key stage 2 Science

  • Explore the uses of materials
  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things

Key stage 2 Geography

  • Develop knowledge of globally significant marine places as well as the polar regions
  • Describe and understand key aspects of climate zones and biomes

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. There is also a preparatory lesson for ages 7-11.

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. Radio communications and emergencies (10 mins)

When the team is out exploring the Arctic, they always have to have a radio with them. This means that they can keep in constant communication with the base. We will take the time to practise some radio communications.

4. 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.

5. Q&A and conclusion (10 mins)

After completing the activity Jamie will be able to answer pre-submitted questions and take part in the live chat. At the end of the broadcast, Jamie will suggest some other activities you might like to try and what's coming up in the rest of Arctic Live 2022.


AL2020 Speaker Jamie

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu


Iain Rudkin

Deputy Station Manager, UK Arctic Research Station, British Antarctic Survey

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