Frozen Kingdoms

Year 6

Unit Overview

In the Frozen Kingdoms project, your child will learn about the regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. They will learn about the similarities and differences between these two regions, including the climate, landscape and natural resources. They will learn how to use grid references, lines of latitude and longitude, contour lines and symbols to identify the geographical locations of the Arctic and Antarctic, and how these, along with the tilt of the Earth, affect day length and warmth. They will investigate polar oceans to learn how they differ from other oceans on Earth and how climate change increases Earth's temperature and leads to rising sea levels. They will learn about the indigenous people of the Arctic, including how their lives have changed over time, and about the positives and negatives of tourism in Antarctica. They will also learn about classifying animals, animal adaptations and evolution, and polar exploration and discovery.


Complete a virtual polar expedition.


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing a frozen kingdoms narrative inspired by Kensuke's Kingdom as well as delivering rousing speeches in the style of Greta Thunberg.


In this unit of work we will attempt to build an artificial habitat for people who live in frozen kingdoms.

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions

  1. Use grid references, lines of latitude and longitude, contour lines and symbols in maps and on globes to understand and record the geography of an area (geography).

  2. Describe the climatic similarities and differences between two regions (geography).

  3. Identify the position and explain the significance of latitude, longitude, equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, the Prime (or Greenwich) Meridian and time zones (including day and night) (geography).

  4. Ask and answer geographical questions and hypotheses using a range of fieldwork and research techniques (geography).

  5. Compare and describe physical features of polar landscapes (geography).

  6. Explain how climate change affects climate zones and biomes across the world (geography).

  7. Describe the distribution of natural resources in an area or country (geography).

  8. Explain how humans function in the place they live (geography).

  9. Present a detailed account of how an industry, including tourism, has changed a place or landscape over time (geography).

  10. Gather, record and develop information from a range of sources to create a mood board or montage.

  11. To learn about the principles of classification and create their own keys to classify each other.


Pupils will present a range of their learning at the Parkfield Museum.


The class will be reading Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo