Antarctica - continent, explorers, nature and use

Image: Antarctica Novermber 2007 by Martha de Jong-Lantink on Flickr

We have selected the following resources to support you when you need information relating to Antarctica, including Antarctic climate, geography, explorers, and wildlife, especially penguins. SCIS 1698007

Classroom Antarctica

The Australian Antarctic Division provides a comprehensive teaching resource covering all aspects of Antarctica from the animals, climate and explorers to working in Antarctica today.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Discovering Antarctica

The British Antarctica Survey and the Royal Geographic Society offers a variety of multi-media resources to explore. They are designed to extend a student’s knowledge base through questions and research.

Suggested level: primary


Stories, webcasts, features, notes and tools that stem from a trip a group of scientists took to Antarctica.

Suggested level: primay, intermediate and secondary

KS3 Bitesize: Antarctica

From the BBC - explanations, facts and diagrams including definitions of words relating to Antarctica’s geography, changes in climate and human impacts on this icy continent.

Suggested level: primary


Encyclopaedia Britannica School Primary has comprehensive information on a range of topics relating to Antarctica at junior and more advanced levels. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary

Antarctica primary sources gallery

This Services to Schools gallery shows a range of primary sources relating to the environment, activities and experiences of people who explored and described Antarctica, principally in the last century.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Sophie Scott goes south, by Alison Lester, 2012 (picture book)
The little penguin: the Emperor of Antarctica, by Jonathan London, 2011 (picture book)
The penguin who wanted to find out, by Jill Tomlinson, 2009 (picture book)
The Pole-seekers, by Meredith Hooper (Hodder silver series) 2000 (junior fiction)
Where'd you go Bernadette, by Maria Semple (YA fiction)


Dressing for Antarctica…in only one minute! Oregon State University.Youtube.0.52