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Exploring the Arctic

This lesson is a perfect introduction to the Arctic. It is hosted by Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop who has visited the Arctic seven times (and Antarctica once). He will share some highlights of work and life in the frozen north. Jamie will then work through the ocean and climate activity and explain why changes in the Arctic Ocean critical for climate change. There is also an opportunity to look at aspects of working scientifically. The last section of the lesson will be a chance for students to have their Arctic questions 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
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11, Ages 11-14
Curriculum Links
  • Develop contextual knowledge of globally significant marine environments
  • Extend locational knowledge of the world including polar regions
  • Understand key processes in the ocean and how they affect changes in the climate

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

Live lessons work best when students have some prior knowledge and have prepared questions. You can select from one of the Arctic Live preparation lessons for ages 7-11 and for ages 11-14.

This lesson is based around the Ocean and climate 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. Arctic Ocean and climate (5 min)

This section of the lesson covers some background knowledge about the relationship between the Arctic, ocean circulation and climate.

3. Activity time (15 mins)

This is a fun activity that looks at how different types of water behave, and whether they fall or rise. This will show how changes in the Arctic might affect ocean circulation. There will be an opportunity for introducing working scientifically concepts.

4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)

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

Free access for Teacher Plus subscribers

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Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

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