During this live lesson, students will learn about the Arctic, with a special focus on sea ice. The lesson will be hosted by Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop who was part of an expedition team that spent weeks living on the sea ice at temperatures down to minus 48°C (minus 54°F). Jamie will share a little about what it was like to live and work in such extreme conditions as well as working through two activities that relate to the team’s study of Arctic sea ice. The lesson will close with Jamie answering as many of the students’ Arctic questions as possible.
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.
Key stage 2 Science
Key stage 2 Geography
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The lesson assumes no prior knowledge of the Arctic, but students may find it useful to have worked through a preparatory lesson.
1. Introduction (10 mins)
Jamie will open the lesson with a welcome to the amazing Arctic.
2. Holey ice activity (5 mins)
This activity looks at the nature of sea ice compared to ice made from freshwater. This lays an important foundation for the next activity, that looks at what life might grow in the ice.
3. Polar photosynthesis activity (15 mins)
While students at key stage 2 may not be familiar with the process of photosynthesis, they will cover what plants require for life and growth. These requirements are no different for algae in the Arctic sea ice, to flowers in a garden or crops in a field. Students will be set a challenge to work out which ‘ice core samples’ come from which seasonal conditions.
4. Q&A and conclusion (15 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 2021.
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