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The South Pole was first discovered

December 7th| Michael Mountford

The South Pole was first discovered

The discovery of the South Pole began with a race in December of 1911. Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen both aimed to be the first to reach the South Pole.

Scott had tried to reach the South Pole before, in 1902. However he and his party had turned back due to ill health and sub zero conditions. But this time armed with a bigger team and a £20,000 grant he was sure he’d reach it this time.

Amundsen on the other hand was a respected Norwegian explorer. He had decided to keep his plans to reach the South Pole a secret- he had originally intended to reach the North Pole but found out that it had been reached whilst he was busy planning so he simply changed his mission.

Teaching about the North and South Pole can be a great joy for both teachers and their students as it gives a chance for you to really flex your creativity and show the interesting science behind these two fascinating icy tundras.

Take a look below to gain some inspiration and see what online resources are available.

Classroom Ideas

Polar Immersive Learning

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids during the school day, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make an immersive learning area.

Lesson Ideas

Ted Ed: The Dangerous Race to The South Pole

By early 1900’s, nearly every region on Earth had been visited and mapped, with only two key locations left: the North and South Poles. After two Americans staked claim to reaching the North Pole, a Norwegian explorer and a British naval officer each set out for the last region in what newspapers called a “Race to the Pole.” Elizabeth Leane sets the scene for their journeys south.

BBC Teach KS2: Robert Falcon Scott

As we relive the epic adventure, we discuss letter writing, working with averages and temperature change, maps and scale, polar habitats, properties of materials, topographical features and climate conditions.

This short film is from the BBC series, Explorers.

BBC Teach KS2: Life in the Polar regions

This video takes a look at the Polar Biome and how plants and animals have adapted to live in such a harsh environment.

BBC Teach KS2: Penguins in the Antartica- How do they survive?

In this video Dr Tom Hart explains how penguin feathers have evolved over time to allow them to survive in the cold.

We hope that this blog has inspired you and helped you plan for the anniversary of the Discovery of the South Pole. Let us know in the comments below how you helped your school celebrate this momentous achievement (they might be added into the topic calendar).

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