Children of High Bickington talk to Scientists in Antarctica – Torbay Weekly

Luisa Rombach
Children from High Bickington looking at penguins – Credit: TEAM multi-academy trust
As part of their Active planet project, where the children learnt all about Antarctica and the many expeditions that took place trying to reach the South Pole, the Children of Class 2 at High Bickington Academy have been in direct contact with the British Antarctic Survey Team in Antarctica!  
penguins – Credit: TEAM multi-academy trust
The children asked the scientists some thoughtful and interesting questions about their work and life in Antarctica, the responses they got back from the scientists were fascinating and made them smile. The children asked about the weather – minus 20 degrees Brrrr!, Penguins – The Scientist they spoke to had seen over 200!, Husky Dogs – No longer allowed due to the environmental impact that dogs can have on the natural environment and walking on frozen water – so very slippery!  
The children learnt a huge amount about the ecological, marine and even space science work going on in Antarctica as well as what life is like for the scientists based in such a remote part of the world. 
Mrs Laurence is class 2’s teacher and said “We were so lucky with the communications which we had between our class and the scientists, and we exchanged many emails. What a wonderful and real opportunity for the children which has really brought our learning to life!”  
Head of School at High Bickington, Rob Norton added “We always try to make the children’s learning ‘real’ as a part of our ‘Big Event Curriculum’. This contact with real scientists was awe-inspiring and incredibly motivating for our six- and seven-year-olds. They were so excited to receive a postcard all the way from the south polar region and they were also sent a huge parcel of resources that has enriched their learning.” 

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