Famous for more than Five Minutes

Block B - Explorers

Study people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally. Be inspired by their achievements and try some projects in the same areas of expertise such as art, music, leadership, science, mathematics and invention. Be inspired by these role models, to dream of what you might achieve in the future. Choose famous people from the following broad historical eras: Tudor and Renaissance times (T), Victorian and early Modern times (V), Early Twentieth Century (E) and Late Twentieth /Early Twentieth Century (L). Each block will allow you to explore one or two changes in aspects of everyday life.

Develop historical knowledge and 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 and Armstrong on their voyages. Discover navigation techniques and learn about the materials used by Columbus and Armstrong. Identify the properties of a range of materials for your own expedition. Go on to describe your own ‘expeditions’ using a range of media.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: What do explorers do?

Go on a playground expedition with ‘Explorer Bear’ before learning about significant explorers.

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02: What do explorers take with them?

Identify what kit you need for a successful expedition and start to compare the equipment taken by Columbus and Armstrong on their voyages.

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03: Finding your way: Mapping and navigation for explorers

Discover some navigation ‘techniques’ and have a go at navigating some simple journeys.

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04: What materials are good to make an explorer's mode of transport?

Learn about the materials used by Columbus and Armstrong; test and identify the properties of a range of possible materials to make a boat; recommend material for ‘Explorer Bear’ to join Columbus on his voyage.

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05: What materials are good to make an explorer's clothing?

Learn about the materials used for clothing and equipment for expeditions in different eras; carry out some simple tests; recommend clothing materials to ‘Explorer Bear’ so that he can join Armstrong on his space voyage.

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06: We have take-off/launch: Going on a historic expedition

Build large scale ‘craft’ from junk to travel to the moon or the Caribbean; role-play a Columbus or Armstrong expedition team briefing and historic journey.

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07: Finding new lands: Comparing home and away

Create travel scrapbooks to compare your local area to the Caribbean or the moon; Finally send a postcard home describing the Caribbean and moon destinations.