The Endurance22 Expedition aimed to locate the wreck of Endurance, the lost ship of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, and departed for Antarctica’s Weddell Sea from Cape Town, South Africa, on 5 February 2022. The expedition team successfully located the wreck of the Endurance in March 2022.
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) worked with Endurance22 to produce free resources for Key Stage 1 and 2 geography and history lessons, which draw on the Society’s Collections of polar maps, photographs, documents, and artefacts.
These resources allow pupils to explore changes in polar exploration from the early 20th Century to today and the different motivations for why people visit Antarctica, as well as this continent’s unique frozen environment.
The resources are available below and also within the resources section of our Schools pages. You can sign up to our Primary Teacher mailing list to find out about our other work with primary schools.
Endurance22 teaching resources
Exploring Shackleton's Antarctica infographic
An infographic comparing Shackleton's voyage to the Endurance22 expedition
Teaching Ernest Shackleton as a significant individual in Primary History at KS1
Shackleton’s Endurance - A story of adventure and leadership
A first-person narration of the voyage of Endurance
Make your own model of Endurance
With instructions from @DarrellWakelam
Shackleton's life and expeditions
Timeline outlining Shackleton’s life, expeditions and wider work.
Endurance22 Expedition gallery
Live tracker: Follow the route of the Endurance22 expedition vessel S.A. Agulhas II
History Hit YouTube channel
Reach the World teaching resources
For more resources on Antarctica and the Weddell Sea see:
Exploring Shackleton's Antarctica KS2 teaching resource
Reach the world - expedition partner