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Assembly: Famous explorers

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By Roger Smitheducational writer

Introduce the topic of explorers with an inspiring assembly idea

explorer climbing mountain

You will need:

The Poster, ‘Mountain explorer’ and a collection of other large posters and images of famous explorers, for example: Sir Edmund Hillary, Christopher Columbus, Valentina Tereshkova and the Poster ‘Mary Kingsley’.


Tell the children that today’s assembly is about the way explorers face challenges, conquer their fears and are able to achieve great things. The assembly is also about how we can use their achievements as examples of how we can face our own challenges and be successful.

Main assembly

  • Choose two or three famous explorers and ask the children what they think they were famous for, and then briefly tell the children what they did and what they achieved. You could take inspiration from the Dec ‘08 ‘Leading ladies’ article that featured Mary Kingsley. It is important to emphasise the explorers’ courage and bravery as well as their perseverance in the face of all kinds of challenges and hardships.
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