Geography

Place and Exploration

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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

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…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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