Polar Habitats Science

In key stage 1 this term we have been studying seasonal changes and habitats.

This week we looked at the Polar Regions and how animals are able to survive in such cold conditions without warm clothes. The children were able to identify that many land animals have a thick layer of fur, but we also discussed animals that live under the sea such as seals and whales. We put our hands in icy water and felt that it was cold, we decided that humans wouldn’t be able to survive in the cold seas of the Polar Regions, we decided that there must be something that stops the whales and other animals from freezing. Mrs Barnes had prepared some “blubber gloves,” using lard and plastic bags, to see if we could put our hands in the cold water for longer. We found that our hands did not get cold in the 60 seconds we held our hands in the icy water for and came to the conclusion that animals of the Polar Regions have a thick layer of blubber to keep them insulted in the frigid temperatures of the icy water.

We discussed what animals live in the Polar Regions of the world and how we can see evidence of their presence. We then looked at some animal footprints and identified which animal they belonged to using a recording sheet.