Science KS2: Hunting the northern lights

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.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to consider what the North Pole environment is like.

Explain to the pupils that Santa Claus is said to live in Lapland.

Ask the pupils to point on a globe to where they think Santa Claus is said to live.

Pupils could be taught that the top of the world is the North and the bottom is the South.

Show the clip and ask the pupils to think about why the children in the clip were wearing winter clothes.

The children could then be given a picture of Santa Claus in shorts and a T-shirt.

The children could also have a sheet of different types of footwear and clothing.

Pupils could select, cut out and stick on to Santa those items of clothing that would allow him to walk in the snow and keep his body and head warm in the cold climate.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Physics or Science.

This topic appears in KS1/KS2 in England and Northern Ireland and Early/1st/2nd level in Scotland.

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