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Exploring the Arctic

We welcome younger children to our first Arctic Live lesson for EYFS. The live lesson is a perfect introduction to the Arctic. The host for the lesson is Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop who has visited the Arctic seven times and will share some highlights of work and life in the frozen north. Jamie will then share how to make a paper plate polar bear and talk a little about some of the living things you might find on an Arctic expedition. The last section of the lesson will be a chance for children to have their questions about the Arctic answered.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AXA Arctic Live 2021 live lessons will be delivered as a virtual event, with speakers joining from where they are, rather than from the UK's Arctic Research Station.

Broadcast on Mon 14 Jun 2021
  • 30 mins
  • Ages 3-5
Curriculum Links

Early years framework

Understanding the world

  • Similarities and differences in relation to places and living things
  • Talk about how environments might vary from one another
  • Make observations of animals

If you have never joined a live lesson before, see the guidance hub, where you will find technical and educational support.

This lesson is based around the Paper plate polar bear activity from the Frozen Oceans STEAM activity collection. If your children are following live, you will need to gather the activity resources in advance.

Any questions that your children have can be submitted in advance via the Encounter Live tab in your Encounter Edu profile. You will also be able to submit children’s questions via live chat during the live lesson.

Session steps

1. Introduction (10 mins)

Jamie will open the lesson with a welcome and introduction to the amazing Arctic.

2. Activity time (10 mins)

This is a fun activity to learn about one of the most well-known animals in the Arctic, the polar bear. Children can follow along and learn some new vocabulary to describe how animals such as the polar bear are suited to life in the snow and cold.

3. Q&A and conclusion (10 mins)

After completing the activity, Jamie will answer pre-submitted questions and take part in the live chat.


AL2020 Speaker Jamie

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

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