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Description

Harry, Halle and their dads visit Lapland to search for the Northern Lights. There they meet Andy, an Aurora Hunter, who takes them out on an expedition to look for the aurora borealis.

The Northern Lights are unpredictable and no-one knows when the lights might show. They do not appear on the first night but the children do get to spend time in a traditional Finnish tent or Lavvu. The second night is much more successful; they spot the lights and even manage to have their photo taken under them.
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10 January 2012

Classroom Ideas

The clip could be used as a stimulus for report writing, or as an introduction to topic to create a sense of awe and wonder. Pupils may have heard of the Northern Lights but may not be understand what they are, so this clip offers a clear insight and explanation. Could also be useful to develop an awareness of sunrises and sunsets, where Finnish Lapland is. Make a sunrise and sunset book, with photos and drawings of what happens at these times. Encourage children to use a globe, atlases and floor maps to find Finnish Lapland. Explain that it is in the north of the world, in the Arctic region, towards the North Pole. Children can draw Aurora Borealis patterns with coloured chalk on black paper.

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