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Canada-UK Foundation: Arctic Alive (Available in the UK only)

Roll up! Roll up! Teachers, bring the Arctic to life in your school!

The Arctic Alive giant floor map program is a free resource offered to teachers of Keystage 2 students, and is specifically aimed at Years 4-6.  Each circumpolar floor map comes complete with a trunk of additional supplies to further enhance students’ learning experience including: map legends, activity cards, props and more. In addition, a teacher guide with five curriculum-linked activities will help bring the map to life.

With a diameter of almost eight metres, when this circular map is unrolled onto a gymnasium floor, it will enable your students to explore the Arctic as never before. The five associated activities were developed by teachers with the intention of extending your students’ understanding of the animals, plants, people, history and future of the Arctic.

Lessons include:

Download the lessons individually at the links above, or download all 5 lessons in one PDF.

This map was made by the Canada-UK Foundation in partnership with The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The Canada-UK Foundation exists to support and foster a greater understanding of Canada and the contributions made by Canadians to the international community.

If you are interested in having the map and associated activity kit visit your school, please contact Within a few weeks of your email you will be contacted to coordinate the free shipping of the map to your school.

Not sure if this map will work at your school?
Do you…

  • Teach geography?
  • Have an indoor space that is at least 9 x 9 metres?
  • Wish to incorporate new and innovative teaching tools into your classroom?

To learn more about the Canada-UK Foundation and the valuable work that it does in the United Kingdom, please visit


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