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

Investigating the use of cameras in the Antarctic

Polar Photography.

Most polar expeditions have official photographers. Their job is to capture the activities and achievements of each expedition.

Captain Scott had brought with him a professional photographer called Herbert Ponting who recorded, through 1700 photographs, the Terra Nova expedition.

Ponting pioneered early Antarctic photography. As well as photographing the men he was the first to comprehensively record the continent's wildlife. Ponting set the standard for modern photography and it was decades before other Antarctic photographers matched his quality.

Modern i-Phone cameras usually have around 10 mega pixels but this old camera of Herbert Ponting's has the modern equivalent of 54 mega pixels so the pictures he took such a long time ago were very clear and sharp, as well as being expertly composed.

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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.
  • Discuss photography and changes since Scott's expeditions.
  • Manipulate an image to make it look aged.
  • Discussion of importance of photographic records.