Frozen Oceans

The Frozen Oceans education programme is based on the research expeditions of the Catlin Arctic Survey 2009-11. Braving temperatures of -40°C, marine biologists, oceanographers and explorers camped on the frozen sea ice and undertook transect surveys to collect data on the changes occurring in the region. Digital Explorer has developed full enquiry-based schemes of work for Primary, KS3 and GCSE geography that incorporate the scientists’ experiences and research.

The Frozen Oceans resources include booklets with structured lesson plans, activity and experiment sheets, along with posters and other related resources. Resource downloads are linked throughout this page and are designed to be used in conjunction with multimedia content available in the Media Zone.

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Primary resources (Cross Curricular)

The Frozen Oceans Primary activity ideas and accompanying resources are designed to introduce pupils to what life is like in the High Arctic and the importance of learning about this extreme environment.

Topics: Climate change, Extreme environments, Food, Geography skills & processes, Health, Humans and the environment, Sustainability, Weather & climate.

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KS3 resources

A full enquiry-based scheme of work for 11-14 year-olds following the journey of the expedition teams to the Arctic Ocean. It’s full of lesson plans and activities covering extreme environments, expedition life, marine food webs, environmental changes and other issues facing this remote region.

Topics: Biodiversity, Climate change, Conservation, Ecology, Ecosystems, Environment, Extreme environments, Humans and the environment, Oceans.

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GCSE resources

This Frozen Oceans resource incorporates the scientists’ experiences and research in the Arctic and includes one case study on the link between carbon dioxide and ocean acidity and the other on sea ice thickness.

Topics: Biodiversity, Climate change, Ecology, Ecosystems, Environment, Extreme environments, Humans and the environment, Oceans.

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