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Lesson 1: Packing for an expedition Key Stage 1 & 2: English

Investigating how explorers lived in the Antarctic

Captain Scott's Hut at Cape Evans.

A hut was erected in 1911 for Captain Scott's base at Cape Evans. It still contains more than 8,000 artefacts from his doomed adventure. It contains many items of food abandoned when his team set out to the pole, such as boxes of Tate sugar cubes, Heinz Tomato Ketchup bottles and clothing.

Captain Scott and four others did reach the pole in January 1912 but they had been beaten there by a Norwegian party led by Roald Amundsen. The members of Scott's party died as a result of the freezing conditions during their return journey back to the hut.

What objects can be found in Scott's hut that we find in our homes today?

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Purpose of study:

Computing - Ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology.

National Curriculum Aims / Attainment Targets Activity focus


  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
  • KS2 - select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.


  • Know and understand how people's lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.
  • Discussion of cooking techniques.
  • Write instructions for making cocoa in the Antarctic.
  • Create a presentation of how a Nansen cooker functions.