Let's go on an awesome Arctic adventure!

Wicked Weather Watch takes Key Stage 2 pupils on an awesome Arctic adventure with this full scheme of work.

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 540mins

Curriculum Objectives: 22

Subjects: Art, Computing, English, Geography, Music, Science

Resource Overview

With the Arctic as a hook, climate change is streamed throughout, with a significant focus on the future of the Arctic in week 6.  This exciting, topical and contemporary resource enables teachers and pupils to explore the incredible Arctic region via an enquiry-based approach and from a cross-curricular perspective; Geography is the lead subject with links to other subjects (English/literacy; drama; art; music; science and computing). 

KS2 themes covered by the scheme of work include: Explorers/invaders; Cold environments; Living on an island/island life; Europe; North America.

For all the accompanying resources please visit the Wicked Weather Watch website at www.wickedweatherwatch.org.uk where you will need to sign in for free to access the resources.

Resource Assets


Lets’ go on an awesome Arctic adventure scheme of work

In this scheme of work, there is more than enough material for a termly topic, so this up to date resource can be used as a complete package over 6 weeks, or you can simply choose to focus on one particular theme or subject, or alternatively use any of the individual activities as stand-alone resources.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting information.
  • Year 3 and 4 (Age 7-9)
    • Ask questions to improve understanding of a text.
    • Discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.
    • Listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction, reference books or textbooks.
    • Participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say.
    • Prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, using intonation, tone, volume and action.
    • Read books that are structured in different ways, and read for a range of purposes.
  • Year 5 and 6 (Age 9-11)
    • Ask questions to improve their understanding.
    • Continue to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks.
    • Prepare poems and plays to read aloud and perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that meaning is clear to an audience.
    • Read books that are structured in different ways and read for a range of purposes.
  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities.
  • Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night).
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.
  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.
  • Year 4 (Age 8-9)
    • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.
    • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
  • Year 5 (Age 9-10)
    • Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets