Geography KS2 & KS3: Expedition to Guyana - recreating Sir Walter Raleigh's search for El Dorado

In the 16th century, Elizabethan explorer Sir Walter Raleigh set sail in search of El Dorado, a legendary city full of gold and precious jewels.

400 years on, and with the site of El Dorado still undiscovered, a team of children from the UK are on their own expedition following in Raleigh's footsteps.

Sadly they have no greater success in locating the legendary city than Raleigh, but they do try their hand at gold panning.

Having seen Guyana for herself, Sammie, one of the Serious Explorers, thinks El Dorado was actually under Raleigh's nose the whole time.

This clip is from the series Seriously Raleigh.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used as part of a wider study of other Tudor explorations.

Having viewed the clip, students could develop an empathy exercise based on Raleigh's hopes and fears for his expedition, in particular the consequences of reward or failure.

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.

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