Autumn 2 – Pole to Pole

This term we will be reading a wonderful book called ‘Shackleton’s Journey’. 

Beautifully illustrated by William Grill, Shackleton’s Journey is the epic true story of how Shackleton and his crew managed to survive crossing the frozen heart of Antarctica. 




Ernest Henry Shackleton was born on 15 February 1874 in County Kildare, Ireland. Queen Victoria was on the throne at this time. Do you remember learning about the Victorians? In 1901 (the year Queen Victoria died) Shackleton was chosen to go on the Antarctic expedition led by British naval officer Robert Falcon Scott on the ship ‘Discovery’. With Scott and one other, Shackleton trekked towards the South Pole in extremely difficult conditions, getting closer to the Pole than anyone had come before. Can you find out about Robert Falcon Scott? Was this expedition successful?


On the 8th of August 1914 (the year that World War 1 began), Ernest Shackleton and his brave crew set out to cross the vast south polar continent: Antarctica. As we read the book in class, please try to blog about Shackelton’s adventurous journey.


Do you remember learning about biodiversity during our whole school ‘Our Planet’ week earlier this term? We looked at different biomes around the world and learnt about how animals and plants live together in different environments. During this project, we will be deepening our understanding of habitats and ecosystems and taking a closer look at how species of animals and plants are classified.

We will be learning about the work of the zoologist and botanist – Carl Linnaeus. Can you find out why he was important?


We will be researching the human and physical features of the Arctic and Antarctica. What can you find out about these extreme places? What is the flora and fauna like? 







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