Peak Performance

Physical Education

Character

PSHE & Citizenship

Science

STEM

Well-Being

Age: 11–16
Time requirement: approx. 50 minutes

Challenge students to explore the science behind expedition planning with 'Polar Preet', an Army Officer who became the first woman of colour to reach the South Pole in an on-foot solo mission.

Using Cpt Preet Chandi's experience as inspiration, students will work in groups to plan their own polar expedition. With a range of adaptable tasks, KS3 biology students will explore antagonistic muscle groups, calories, fats, protein and carbohydrate requirements, alongside the importance of hydration. GCSE PE students can also consider a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) and the implications of an energy imbalance during the expedition. Three ‘disruptor’ activities embed PSHE / Health and Wellbeing learnings and help students to deal with the unexpected, negotiating and agreeing the best course of action as a team.

This Peak Performance resource includes mix and match activity options that make it suitable for a KS3 Biology or GCSE PE lesson, with embedded links to PSHE topics such as resilience and managing change.

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