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

Staff-led sessions at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Workshops vary in length from 2 hour sessions to full day visits (10am-2:30pm) and a lunch space will be provided for these guided sessions. Most sessions can accommodate a maximum of 60 students and advance booking is essential.


To discuss your visit and the wider school offer at Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, please contact Senior Learning and Engagement Officer Chloë Leeson at or call 01642 728235 (office hours vary).