An old explorer close to freezing in the Arctic re-lives the events that have brought him there.
Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Watch the sequence from 1:40 to 2:25 where Professor Orit explains metaphor. Make a collection of metaphors like “raining cats and dogs”
- Write your own dialogue between Babbage (the Explorer) and Professor Orit and act it out with a partner.
- Compare Professor Orit to other professors in books, for example, Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter, Professor Branestawm, and Professor DuPont in Cockatoos by Quentin Blake.
- Compare the two settings of the story; the university and the arctic.
- Stop the film at 5:15. What effect does the rain have on the story?
- Write the story of what happened to the professor after he went missing.
- Write a newspaper report about Babbage’s rescue.
- Write a story that uses flashbacks.
- Make a storyboard for the film.
- Watch the trailer for the film and then plan your own – what would you put in it?
- Practice using a protractor to measure real-life angles. What is the closest you can find to 23 degrees, 5 minutes?
- 2, 3 and 5 are all prime numbers. What are the next 10 prime numbers?
- Go searching for Fibonacci numbers using these ideas from Mensa.
- Write an explanation of how the tilt of the Earth causes the seasons.
- Make a fact file about an Arctic habitat – what would you need to survive? How are animals adapted to the conditions?
- What materials could you use to provide good insulation in extreme cold?
- Design clothes for an arctic explorer to wear.
- The blog of the film shows the visual references used in the film (photographs and pictures from the time when the film is set). Choose a time in history and research visual references you can use to make your own image of the time.
- The blog has a fascinating section on how the characters developed. Try out some different sketches for a character of your own.
- This blog entry shows how different colours and lighting were used in the film. Sketch a scene in pencil, photocopy it and try colouring it in different ways – what is the effect?
- Plan a route from Dublin to the Arctic. How could you get there?
- Research arctic exploration and create a timeline.
- Set at the turn of the 20th century in Dublin. What was it like in your area then?
- Stop at the film at 1:26; what kind of transport can you see? How is it different from today?
- Babbage describes Orit as “Like a father to me”. What do you think he means?
- Was Babbage right to go after Orit?