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Place and Exploration


What does the Commonwealth mean? What are the Commonwealth Games?

Research one or more of the countries that are part of the Commonwealth. Research an athlete of your choosing from a Commonwealth country other than the U.K. 



1. Research one of the seven smallest members of the Commonwealth [which are Naura, Tonga, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Seychelles, Antigua and Barbuda and Tuvalu]

Create a powerpoint exploring:

- Details about the country, e.g. location, capital city, flag, anthem, etc

- The environment/physical features of the island (e.g. mountains, volcanoes, coral reefs, etc)

- The economy and the jobs people do

- A famous item or person from the country

- How the country became part of the Commonwealth

- How the country benefits from being part of the Commonwealth


2. Research 7 places in the Commonwealth you would like to visit. Create a powerpoint presentation:

- what is it? (e.g. a specific city, mountain, physical feature like a waterfall, etc)

- where is it located? country/region, etc

- images of the places

- an explanation of its history/how it was formed

- why you want to visit it.


Here are a few key moments in history where the environment was everything…


1950s - Launch of Sputnik; DNA discovered

1960s - Moon landing/Berlin Wall built/Assassination of Kenedy

1970s - First flight of Concorde

1980s - Birmingham city centenary/Fall of Berlin Wall

1990s - Hand over of Hong Kong/Singing of Maastricht Treaty creating the EU' Google Age begins/Release of Nelson Mandela

2000s - Boxing Day Tsunami/9/11/ Election of Obama

2010s - Tohoku (Japan) earthquake/Eyjafjallajokull eruption and air travel disruption

2020s - COP26 in Glasgow


…and what about the ‘firsts’ in exploration?


1953 - Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Niorgay - Successful summit of Everest

1969 - Neil Armstrong - First man on the moon

1975 - Junko Tabei - First woman to summit everest

1987 - Helen Thayer - First woman to solo magnetic North Pole

1993 - Sir Ranulph Feinnes - First unsupported crossing of Antarctica

2001 - Pete Bray - First solo unassisted sea kayak crossing of the Atlantic

2019 - Ross Edgely - First person to Swim around Great Britain


Research one of the ‘Firsts’, and imagine you were there in that moment of discovery. Write a postcard home that sums up your feelings.

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