Geography KS2 & KS3: Expedition safety

In the sixteenth century, Elizabethan explorer Sir Walter Raleigh embarked on an epic voyage to Guyana in the hope of finding the legendary city of El Dorado.

Four hundred years on and the Serious Explorers, a team of children from the UK, are heading to South America to retrace part of Raleigh’s route.

If anything went wrong during the expedition in Raleigh's day then it was unlikely that anyone would come to the rescue.

It is a different world for the Serious Explorers due to the availability of modern safety equipment.

Even so, in remote and dangerous places, safety depends on the experience of expedition leader Ben Major.

Every expedition throws up unique challenges, with the Serious Explorers' expedition to Guyana proving to be no exception.

This clip is from the series Seriously Raleigh.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could use a world map template to plot the route of both Sir Walter Raleigh and the children from the UK.

Pupils may write packing lists identifying what Raleigh may have taken on his expedition in comparison with the children from the UK.

Pupils may also be inspired to write diary entries from the point of view of Sir Walter Raleigh describing some of the challenges he may have come across during his voyage.

Pupils may also write travel guides for young adventurers describing ways to prevent insect bites and dehydration, as well as ways to stay safe.

During work on Tudor life, pupils could use this clip to explore methods of navigation invented during Tudor times and how this has helped people explore and discover new lands.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Geography at KS2 and KS3 Level in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 2nd and 3rd Level in Scotland.

More from Seriously Raleigh:

Expedition to Guyana - endangered animals in the rainforest
Expedition to Guyana - exploring Mount Roraima
Expedition to Guyana - life in the rainforest
Expedition to Guyana - Mount Roraima (no narration)
Expedition to Guyana - navigating an ocean journey
Expedition to Guyana - planning an expedition
Expedition to Guyana - recreating Sir Walter Raleigh's search for El Dorado
Expedition to Guyana - rivers and waterfalls (no narration)
Expedition to Guyana - spending a night in the rainforest
Expedition to Guyana - the Makushi tribespeople
Expedition to Guyana - transportation for local tribespeople