What do Arctic explorers eat? KS2 Science

This lesson is focussed on food and nutrition for Key Stage 2 (KS2) students. Students learn about diet and the importance of a balanced diet through the experiences of polar explorers. Using creativity and scientific research skills, students will create a menu suitable for an Arctic expedition.

The lesson is introduced by Fran Orio, a specialist polar cook, who can make amazing meals in the most extreme circumstances.

This full lesson contains:

Slideshow 3: How do you eat like an Arctic explorer?
Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance
Activity Overview 3: Pemmican recipe
Student Sheet 3a: Researching food
Student Sheet 3b: Polar menu

It forms Lesson 3 of 5 from the Frozen Oceans 7-11 unit of work. Take your class to the North Pole with this cross-curricular investigation of the Arctic Ocean. The lessons progress to cover varied topics and skills needed for a science research expedition in the polar regions. Themes include Arctic food webs, training like an explorer, expedition food, insulation and clothing, the impacts of melting ice and conducting a press conference. The lessons can also be combined into a Polar Challenge Day. All lessons and resources are available from Encounter Edu’s TES profile.


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  • Teacher-Guidance-3-FO711XC.pdf
  • Activity-Overview-3a-Make-your-own-pemmican-FO711XC.pdf
  • Student-Sheet-3a-Researching-food-FO711XC.pdf
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Created: Mar 9, 2016

Updated: Jan 8, 2020

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