Geography KS3 / GCSE: How animals have adapted to live in the Polar biome

A look at the Polar biome and how plants and animals have adapted to live in this biome.

Ferne Corrigan describes the location of the two Polar regions and describes the climate in this biome.

She looks at how plants cope in polar regions focussing on Antarctic grass and how polar bears have adapted to live in Arctic before moving on to the people who inhabit the biome.

The Inuit of North America survive the harsh conditions by using the environment and animals around them.

Finally Ferne looks at how other people are looking to use the Polar regions utilising the natural resources they have on offer.

This clip is from the series Ecosystems and Biomes.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 3

This could be used to introduce students to the polar ecosystem, and how different species have adapted to these extreme conditions.

Students could create fact-files on how plants, animals and people have adapted to thrive in this biome.

Students could look in more detail at the daily lives of the Inuit people and the natural resources that the ecosystems offers.

Key Stage 4

This could be used to refresh students knowledge of the polar ecosystem, and how different species have adapted to these extreme conditions.

Students could create fact-files on how plants, animals and people have adapted to thrive in this biome.

Students could look in more detail at the daily lives of the Inuit people and the natural resources that the ecosystems offers.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at KS3 and GCSE.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.