Famous for more than Five Minutes

Block J - Ice 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.

Research the polar expeditions of Shackleton and 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.

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01: Who was Ernest Shackleton and where did he explore?

Find out about Ernest Shackleton, his background and his exploration of Antarctica.

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02: Ernest Shackleton and Antarctica

Discover who went with him, what it was it like in Antarctica and why Ernest Shackleton was such a great and inspiring leader.

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03: Who was Tenzing Norgay and why did he climb Everest?

Who was Tenzing Norgay and the challenges he faced when he climbed Everest.

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04: Tenzing Norgay and respect for the mountain

How Tenzing Norgay displayed respect for Mount Everest and the emotional and spiritual connection people have with the world’s highest mountain.                                       

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05: Shackleton and Tenzing

To compare the achievements of both Shackleton and Tenzing, and re-enact their expeditions.