Geography KS2 & KS3: Expedition to Guyana - exploring Mount Roraima

In the late sixteenth century, explorer Sir Walter Raleigh led a mission to Guyana in search of El Dorado.

Many believe he was taken to Mount Roraima. Frustratingly for Raleigh, he was unable to climb Roraima.

Four hundred years later, the Serious Explorers, a team of young adventurers from the UK, have come to Mount Roraima.

The Serious Explorers climb and reach the top of Roraima.

They manage to see the remarkable landscape and endemic plants that the Elizabethan explorer never did get to see.

They are the youngest expedition to have ever made it to the top of Mount Roraima.

This clip is from the series Seriously Raleigh.

Teacher Notes

Prior to watching the clip, the children could investigate the physical features of Guyana, investigate what countries border it and research Mount Roraima.

They then could draw a scale map of the area with contour lines.

They could also research the plants in that area and why they are so endemic of that area.

The children could also research how the rocks formed in this way and what makes them so unique to this area.

Children could produce an advert for people to visit the mountain, giving details about the plants and crystals of that area and how they have formed.

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 safety
Expedition to Guyana - endangered animals in the rainforest
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