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Thursday 21st January


The word documentary is a long word which needs to be sounded out as you say it… doc/u/ment/ary

A documentary is a factual program on a subject. When we watch documentary’s we often learn from them.

We know lots of things about the habitat of the North and South poles because people have travelled to these cold places, stayed there and filmed. Often there is a camera crew (a group of people working together)

We then watch these films and they give us a glimpse into what life would be like there. Practice learning the word documentary. Practice the look, cover, write and check way of learning the word.

Here is an example of a wildlife documentary about snow cats:


Here is a link to online stories which you may enjoy:


This is a very sad part of the story. Do you notice how the illustrations make Shen and the pugs look really small.


The sky is dark and takes up most of the picture. Shards of ice tower above him and the colours make it look cold.


The shapes are pointed and sharp looking. It is far from cosy.


Look at Shen and the dogs. It looks like they are tiny in the distance. We call this perspective. It reflects the fact that they have been left behind in this frozen landscape.


Now Shen has walked to go and get help for him and the little dogs.


Compare the above with this next illustration and read the words:

She lifted Kai into the sleigh beside her. Kai no longer felt the cold. He thought nobody in the world could be more beautiful than the Snow Queen. He was under her spell from the magical icy snow that had frozen his heart. He forgot all about Gerda and his grandmother and went to live in the ice palace that was set in a land where it was always winter.

Gerda wept bitterly when Kai did not come back. Everyone looked but did not know where he had gone. They did not think he would survive the cold of winter.

At last, the warm weather came and Gerda went in search of her friend. She travelled by boat asking the river to take her to her friend. She stopped by a house with and orchard and a garden of flowers.

This garden was owned by a woman who wanted a friend and tried to get Gerda to stay with her.

The journey for Gerda has now begun. Can you write how you think the story will end?

Try to make it as interesting as possible and we will see if the story of the traditional Snow Queen matches yours in any way.


Watch Leo explain adaptation on the following link:

Walt: identify adaptations of animals to their environment

Steps to success: I can explore the food chain and show how animals adapt to the cold on land and in the sea.

Looking at the cold oceans with ice melting, it is difficult to see how any animal survives.

Here is just one food chain in the Arctic.

We call it a food chain because one creature feeds another like links in a chain. If we break the chain (take away something away) then the chain is broken and creatures won't live. Each food chain is very important for life to be sustained.. (continued, not die out and become extinct)

This food chain shows the algae, which is tiny greenish plant that grows just beneath the ice and gets eaten by tiny microscopic creatures called diatoms that get eaten by copepods that float around in the ocean.

These copepods are amazing tiny creatures that can sometimes be seen if we look very carefully. If you have ever heard of water fleas which some people buy to feed aquarium fish, you may see what one type of copepod looks like. In the icy Arctic waters they come in 150 different shapes and colours look like this:


Here are some ways animals adapt and how these adaptations help the animals to  live.


How it works:

Camouflage – being the same colour and blending in with the environment

To not be seen by predators or prey

Having sharp teeth


To catch and bite prey

Having a warm layer of thick waterproof skin and fat

Protecting the heart and important organs inside the body from the cold


To keep warm, protect from cold weather


On the food chain that you have just drawn, can you match the adaptation to the animal and write it down.

Some adaptations relate to more than one animal such as sharp teeth.


On Tuesday we explored the Narwhal and the Arctic fox – how have they adapted to the environment?