This week in geography we are looking at the continent Antarctica.
Wow lesson—We received a postcard, an Emperor Penguin, a book and some holiday photos from Antarctica. We spent the afternoon learning all about Antarctica, to help us understand how to look after the penguin and make him feel at home.
Activities at home
Ask your child about cold and hot places in the world? Can they name any or find some on a globe? What do they know about Antarctica? Recap the continents of the world and use a globe to find and name Antarctica. Ask your child why they think much of the Polar Regions are shown as white on a map, globe or image of the Earth as seen from space.
Discuss how colder regions of the world are mostly found around the Poles and warmer regions near the Equator but also explain that you can get very cold places near the Equator if they are at a high altitude.
Introduce pupils to the terms Arctic and Antarctic, northern and southern hemisphere and use a globe to help locate and talk about these places. It’s useful to explain that the Arctic is an area of frozen ocean mostly surrounded by land and the Antarctic is an area of frozen land surrounded by ocean.
Locate Antarctica on globes, digital maps and atlases and find the South Pole. Do a virtual visit using Google Earth and research images of the Geographical South Pole.
Find out about the animals that live there such as the different types of Penguins and Whales and create some drawings and Funky Facts about these. Add the different types of Penguin to a map of the continent, talking about how they need to live near the coast for food.
Write some interesting facts about Antarctica on the worksheet provided.
Awards we have received so far.