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Discover Great Explorers

Suzie Hunt By Suzie Hunt

Discover a range of intrepid explorers in our cross-curricular topics. Compare and contrast Columbus and Armstrong, go on a polar expedition with Shackleton and Norgay, take to the high seas with Viking raiders and delve deep into the story of Alexander the Great!

Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong (KS1)

Develop historical understanding of the lives and significance of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. Identify the kit needed for an expedition and compare the equipment taken by Columbus across the seas to the Americas in the fifteenth century with the equipment taken by Armstrong through space to the moon in the twentieth. Discover navigation techniques and study the different materials used by Columbus and Armstrong.

Take a look at our Explorers topic block for KS1.

Ernest Shackleton and Tenzing Norgay (KS1)

Research the polar expeditions of Ernest Shackleton and Tenzing Norgay. Follow their journeys and understand what they needed to take on an expedition in cold extreme conditions. Find out about the development of materials and portable communication and carry out insulation experiments to design a good polar jacket.

Take a look at our Ice Explorers topic block for KS1.

Viking Raiders (LKS2)

This is a fascinating block about the fearsome Viking raiders. Learn about the beliefs and weapons of the Viking warriors, the design of their longships and famous Viking leaders and explorers including:

  • Leif Ericsson
  • Eric the Red
  • Gardar (Garthar) Svavarsson
  • Ingvar the Far-Travelled
  • Ragnar Lodbrok (Ragnar Hairy-Breeks)
  • Thorfinn Karlsefni

Construct your own Viking shield and longships and consolidate knowledge by creating a Viking Quest game.

Take a look at our Viking Raiders topic block for LKS2.

Alexander the Great (UKS2)

Research the life of Alexander the Great and some of the places he and his troops saw. Look at different versions of his story and assess the reliability of sources. Recreate some of the episodes from his life through improvisation and performance.

Take a look at our topic block about the Ancient Greek Empire for UKS2.