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How did explorers get by in places where they didn’t speak the language or understand the local customs? How and why did they record their experiences?
This pack introduces the realities of life at sea for two young, inexperienced explorers and complements studies of other seafaring explorers such as Shackleton and Sir Francis Drake.
The activities in this pack are focused on KS2 literacy, history, art and geography. They use primary sources as a starting point and encourage pupils to become explorers in their daily lives. Pupils will develop their skill in observing, questioning, recording and communicating daily discoveries.
We’ve suggested a few activities that fit well with KS2 literacy, art and geography but you could use the sources any way you like.
What's in this resource?
KS2 English: Speaking and listening, understanding texts and composition
William Gooch wrote detailed descriptions in his journal of arriving in the Marquesas islands and meeting the local people. But we don’t have any record of what the Marquesans thought. In this activity, pupils write accounts of the event from the Marquesan point-of-view.
KS2 English: Composition
Omai hitched a lift to Britain from Tahiti. When he arrived, he didn’t speak much English, and knew very little of British customs and way of life. This activity invites pupils to imagine meeting Omai and explain their daily lives to him.
Mapping the Hazards
KS2 Geography: 2e. draw plans and maps at a range of scales
Astronomers like William Gooch made better maps to improve the safety of travelling at sea. In this activity, pupils map hazards closer to home.
• Activity outline (doc)
KS2 History: Historical enquiry and KS2 Art and Design: explore a range of starting points for practical work
Omai had his portrait painted, but William Gooch never did. Why? Portraits have many hidden clues that can help us understand more about the person shown in them. Pupils will analyse portraits before making their own.