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Wednesday 6th January

This term, we will be exploring a brand new topic called ‘Poles Apart’ and we will be learning all about the continent of Antarctica! Our learning today will focus on our new topic!


Learning Objectives:

  • I can explain what a continent is and use a world map to find and label the seven continents.
  • I am beginning to understand geographical similarities and differences.


Do you know what a continent is?
Discuss your ideas with an adult or sibling.
If you are unsure what a continent is, how can you find out?

You could use a dictionary or research the answer in a book or on the internet with an adult!


Write a sentence explaining what a continent is.
Remember to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops!


A continent is a large piece of land, often separated from other land by things like water or mountains.

Earth has seven continents.


Take a look at this map of the world.
Can you find all seven continents?

How can we find out the name of each continent?
You might have a map, globe or atlas at home that you could look at!


Follow this link to BBC Teach and watch the video where you can travel all around the world learning about each continent!


Now that you have learnt about the continents, can you label them on the world map?

Please use the ‘Labelling Continents Activity Sheet’ attached below. This can be printed off or filled in online.

Extension Activities:

  • If you would like to learn more about maps, atlases and how to use them follow this link to BBC Teach where you will find lots of great ideas and a quiz!
  • You can find out more about each continent on the PowerPoint ‘Information About Continents’. Please read and discuss the slides with an adult then write a sentence or short description about each continent.

Did you find the continent of Antarctica on your map?
On lots of maps and globes, Antarctica is white.
Why do you think that is?

Discuss your ideas with an adult or sibling.


Antarctica is a very cold place!
We will be finding out lots more about Antarctica next week. But for now, I would like you to think about what a cold place might be like.

Have you ever visited somewhere really cold?
How about somewhere really hot?


Draw a picture of a cold or hot place that you have visited and write a short description. Try and include:

  • Was it hot or cold?
  • What did you do there?
  • What did you wear?


Can you find this place on a map and work out which continent it is in?



Where do you like being best?
Somewhere hot or somewhere cold?
Can you explain why?

Lots of places are hot during the summer and cold during the winter. However, some places are cold all of the time! These places are at the top and bottom of the Earth. Find out more by reading the PowerPoint called ‘Information About Hot and Cold Places’. Then complete the ‘Hot and Cold Suitcase Activity Sheet’.

Extension Activity:

  • Create a comparison of hot and cold climates. You could do this by writing sentences, drawing pictures or both!