Essential information

Key stage: 
Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
Resource type: 
Classroom activity
National Maritime Museum, Queen's House

Exploration actitivies: Useful books and links

Explorers - booklist and links



The Ice Trap! Shackleton’s Incredible Expedition by Meredith Hooper

Tom Crean's Rabbit: A True Story from Scott's Last Voyage by Meredith Hooper

Morning Girl by Michael Dorris

Pedro's Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus by Pam Conrad

Explorers Who Got Lost by Diane Sansevere Dreher

Magellan's World by Stuart Waldman

Beyond the Sea of Ice: The Voyages of Henry Hudson by Joan Elizabeth Goodman

Stowaway by Karen Hesse

A Long and Uncertain Journey: The 27,000 Mile Voyage of Vasco de Gama by Joan Goodman

Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490: The Royal Diaries by Edwidge Danticat

Quest by Kathleen Benner Duble

The Sea King: Sir Francis Drake and His Times by Albert Marrin

The World Made New: When the Age of Exploration Happened and How it Changed the World by Marc Aronson andJohn W. Glenn

Polar Adventures by Paul Dowswell

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong

Ice Story: Shackleton’s Lost Expedition by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Trapped by the Ice!: Shackleton’s Amazing Antarctic Adventure by Michael McCurdy


Twinkl - Arctic explorers role play primary activities

Salariya web books - You wouldn't want to be a polar explorer

TeachIt primary - Explorers project pack

Teachers pet - displays - Famous explorer information posters

Explorers and leaders fact files (National Maritime Museum)

Polar Explorers (polar expedition guiding company)