Scott of the Antarctic
Scott of the Antarctic KS1 outstanding lessons
My Year 2 class have been incredibly engaged while following the Captain Robert Falcon Scott enquiry, which is planned and resourced in such a way that children from all ability groups have been able to make progress with their history knowledge and skills! Emily Holdich, October 2019
Teaching Scott of the Antarctic at KS1 not only offers plenty of scope for developing a cross-curricular theme of Hot and Cold, Polar Explorers or Journeys, but it also is remarkably well-suited to a history-led study . Indeed it is one of our most popular and searched-for topics. The full outstanding Ks1 lessons and shorter activities provided here show how pupils can develop a good historical understanding of narrative of Scott’s expedition to the Antarctic, with all its highs and lows, and also asks questions about the sources that could have been used to document his remarkable journey to the South Pole. In terms of the government’s drive to instill characteristics of grit and resilience in KS1 pupils this provides a superb context.
A detailed enquiry question-led KS1 medium term plan, graded as outstanding by a specialist history OFSTED inspector shows how the lessons relate to each other.
Medium term planning and planner for Scott of the Antarctic KS1This topic has been designed for Term 3 of Y1 but would also suit use with older pupils. It lends itself very well to inclusion within a broadly cross-curricular topic on Hot and Cold or Journeys....
Pupils have already studied Scott’s last journey and have turned a series of events into first a living graph and then a board game to show the ‘ups and downs’ of his last attempt to be first to the South Pole. This lesson shifts...