Welcome to teachers notes for Discovering Antarctica, an education resource for schools, developed by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG, in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

This is not a ‘scheme of work’, but a resource to dip into depending on your curriculum needs and priorities. You can download links to the National Curriculum for England and exam specifications below.

Curriculum links

About the site

Links to the teachers’ notes individual sections can be found in the dark blue side tab on the right of your screen.

Each of the sections is divided into:

  • ‘Icebreaker’ Learning activities to introduce the topic
  • ‘Go with the floe’ Main learning activities
  • ‘Meltdown’ Follow-up learning activities to extend the topic or to review and reinforce the main activities

The learning activities are devised for individual, pair or groupwork. Many are in interactive multimedia format for use either on an Interactive Whiteboard or for students to complete individually.

Wherever possible there are text-based alternatives, usually in Microsoft Word. You can download these to use away from the computer and/or to adapt them to meet your students’ needs. Go to Accessibility for more technical help on using and adapting the site.

The opening page of each section includes:

  • A ‘cool fact’ that relates to the topic
  • A ‘cool clip ’ showing some unique video footage from Antarctica
  • Downloads of featured information sheets (in PDF or Word), images, and audio & video clips that could be used independently
  • A list of all the featured interactive multimedia activities
  • Appropriate links to other sites
  • An ‘Activity Timer’ to set a time limit for an activity on an Interactive Whiteboard
  • A glossary of key words – these are also highlighted in the text to link directly with the glossary