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Latest News Article: NEW resource live today: ‘Polar Exploration in the Heroic Age of Scientific Discovery’




  • Polar logo ~ ​Resource launched from partnership between LGfL and Scott Polar Research Institute 

  •  ~ English resource for KS2, 3 and GCSE, plus cross-curricular links to six other KS2 subjects


Today, the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) and Scott Polar Institute (SPRI) are launching ‘Polar Exploration in the Heroic Ageof Scientific Discovery’ to all schools connected to the National Education network (NEN). The unique new online learning resource is the result of a three year development with experts at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), part of the University of Cambridge.

Polar Exploration in the Heroic Age of Scientific Discovery is a comprehensive, cross-curricular resource which has been tailored to the different needs of Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. There are specialist KS2 lesson plans for Maths, English, Science, Geography, History, Computing and D&T, whereas KS3 and 4 retain a strong focus on English and Literacy, covering elements of creative writing for both Key Stages, and with applications for GCSE and iGCSE.

SPRI has granted exclusive access to its historic archive of the most famous and significant polar expeditions of the 20th Century, including:

 - Video footage of equipment and artefacts from the most famous expeditions, complete with text transcripts of the expert explanations

 - High-resolution photographs of objects featured in the video footage

 - Journal extracts read by a descendant of a member of Captain Scott’s Discovery expedition

 - Interactive map of the Polar Regions with plotted locations triggering multimedia resources along the main expedition routes

 - The opportunity to meet a modern-day polar explorer and hear of his experiences living for extended periods of time in some of the world’s most extreme environments

 - ​A wide range of learning materials to support all images, video and audio recordings

Polar screenshot

LGfL has taken all these materials and combined them into a user-friendly online interface that puts users directly at Captain Scott’s desk, surrounded by the polar ‘tools of the trade’. At a click, teachers and pupils can access extracts from Scott and Shackleton’s journals, stories from modern-day explorer and polar expert Peter Clarkson, expedition summaries, a timeline, maps and a glossary of all key terms.

Integrated lesson plans to guide teachers through the resource, with the built-in resource bank functionality enabling a disaggregated approach: teachers and pupils can browse for individual photos, images, video and audio recordings, using them as standalone resource or embedding them into existing lesson plans and schemes of work or learning pathways within online learning platforms.

Quotes:

Bob Usher (LGfL Content Manager):

After 3 years of intensive development we are delighted to have realised our vision of supporting teachers across the National Education Network to develop a deeper appreciation of the extreme hardship and achievement of our 20th century polar explorers. Through the generous support for our partners at SPRI, we have been able to bring to life the experiences, challenges and new found knowledge developed from these expeditions, many of which have significantly contributed to our understanding of the natural and scientific world.’

Heather Lane (Keeper at The Polar Museum, SPRI):

‘This exciting project allows SPRI to make our world-renowned collections and the expertise of our staff accessible to a new generation of students and to engage them with the topics of polar science and the history of exploration. We have been delighted to partner with LGfL to bring the stories of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration to a new audience.’

Polar screenshot
Further information / links:

Access to the resource:

The resource can be accessed via the authenticated weblink: www.polar.lgfl.net

Further information about the resource that is public facing can be found here:

https://showcase.lgfl.org.uk/Summary_page/Content/polar.aspx (public-facing)

 

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