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Autumn Vehicle

Our Autumn Vehicle is ...

The Polar Regions - Past, Present and Future. 


We will be finding out about famous explorers from both the past and present and how their experiences differ. 


We will also be looking to the future and the impact climate change is having on the these regions, researching how we can help to make a difference. 



At the bottom of this page is a link to the BBC documentary Frozen Planet which you may want to watch at home to support your learning. 

Our Vehicle Journey so far…

Through exploring the title of our vehicle – ‘The Polar Regions – Past, Present and Future’ we immediately had questions and lines of enquiry, we spent time discussing these and creating our own path of learning.


We decided there were many things we needed to learn about in order for us to be able to achieve our desired outcome. When discussing the ‘future’ aspect of the vehicle we knew it linked into climate change and we felt very passionate about the need to do something to support our planet.

Week 1

We discussed the vehicle title and created our own learning pathways.

Week 2

Through a ‘Virtual Reality’ experience we were transported to the Arctic and Antarctic, this gave us an idea of the present landscape, the work that goes on in these regions and the wildlife that live there.

Week 3 and 4

In Geography, we have been looking at the different hemispheres and how the climate is different in different parts of the world.

We have then focussed specifically on the Arctic and Antarctic, researching and creating reports about these areas of the globe. We included the following subheadings in our reports: Topography, Wildlife, People and Communities, Seasons and Climate.

This has then allowed us to make comparisons between the two regions.

In English, we are looking  at the book ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ and we have been discovering about the perilous expedition aboard the ‘Endurance’.





For homework this week, we have been set the challenge to find out as much as we can about living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.



Week 5 and 6

This week we wrote to Sir David Attenborough as we have been looking at his recent work and wanted to let him know about our vehicle. 


We also had a zoom call with Dr Natalie Taylor, who was part of the Ice Maidens. The Ice Maidens were the first all female group to cross Antarctica.

You can find out more about Dr Natalie by clicking on the picture below 


Dr Natalie is about to embark on a new adventure, follow her exciting adventures here - 


In History we have been studying the impact the Victorians had on Britain. Up until now we have discussed the positive impact they had on the way we live, today however we made links between the Industrial Revolution and the issues we now have with Climate Change.


Week 7 and 8

We have started to look at the future aspect of the Polar Regions. In Geography we used mapping to investigate how Greenland has altered over the last 30 years due to melting ice. This led us onto looking at the impact of Global warming on the planet in general. 


Here is a link to an article about how the climate crisis is having an impact on Greenland 


BREAKING NEWS - Sir David Attenborough wrote back to thank us for the letters! 


We ended the half term looking at a film made during lockdown, which looked at how the Earth began to recover when we stopped...