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Lesson 1: 'She's gone boys' Key Stage 2: English

The loss of The Endurance

Endurance was the name of the ship that Shackleton took charge of after the race to the South Pole ended in December 1911, Following Roald Amundsen's conquest and the loss of Captain Robert Scott and his men on the Terra Nova expedition.

After the loss of Scott and the team, Shackleton turned his attention to crossing the continent from sea to sea, via the pole. This became known as the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17).

Disaster struck this expedition when its ship, The Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed before the shore parties could be landed. There followed a sequence of exploits, and luckily escape from the ship with no loss of human life. This would eventually help Shackleton to gain the status of a hero.

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Purpose of study:

Teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others through their reading and listening.

National Curriculum Aims / Attainment Targets Activity focus


  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
  • Competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
  • Produce a 'soundscape' using images and sounds using Moviemaker, Audacity and Audio Network.