Captain Cook was the first ever recorded person to cross both the Arctic and Antarctic circles. Research simplified accounts of Captain Cook’s voyages in these regions. Come face to face with some of the creatures encountered by Cook in these frozen lands. Children will gain an understanding of the extreme temperatures endured and how animals and people have adapted to survive in these challenging parts of the world.

Key learning outcomes

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the significance of key concepts such as longitude, latitude and the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. They will better understand key aspects of the physical and human geography of these challenging places, especially the inter-relationship between humans, animals and the environment.

Main learning approaches

Enquiry-based learning
Active learning

Plan your visit

All staff led sessions at the museum run from either 10am to 12 noon or 1pm to 2:30pm. Full day sessions from 10am to 2:30pm are also available.

Most sessions can accommodate a maximum of 60 children.

A room for lunch is provided when booking sessions led by museum staff.

Pre-booking is essential.

For further information about this workshop, how to book and the wider school offer at Captain Cook’s Birthplace Museum, please contact the Learning Officer Chloë Leeson on 01642 728235 or email