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Get your life back with our summer saver set which gives you a WHOLE UNIT of planning for 'Pioneers', including books, PowerPoints and resources!



A class set of 30 COPIES of one of our best selling books, Heroes at the South Pole (see the comments below);

A unit of planning for 'Pioneers';

1 copy of Wonder Women and 1 copy of Over Everest In A Balloon... And Other Adventures - both of which are covered by the 'Pioneer' planning.





Two nail-bitingly good stories of exploration, courage and adventure.

Edgar Evans, from Gower, is Captain Scott’s trusted companion as they struggle to be the first people to reach the South Pole.

Perce Blackborow, from Newport, is the only person to ever stowaway on an Antarctic expedition.

But the expedition went badly wrong and turned into one of the most amazing stories of survival the world has ever known.

This book brings their tales of great bravery to vivid life.

It is packed with fascinating facts from the worlds of geography and history, science and adventure.

All the books in the Wales and the World set include chapter questions, a subject-specific poem, a timeline and a glossary, to assist learning and understanding.


Learning has never been so much fun – or this exciting!


Teacher feedback: 

“This book gripped my Year 4 class from start to finish. Some pupils shared these stories enthusiastically with family and they brought in books from home on polar explorers. Other parents asked where they could buy this book as they had never heard their daughter talk so much about their learning.”


“My class has many reluctant readers and 48 per cent of pupils are EAL so this was a higher-level reading book for all abilities. There was lots of new technical vocabulary but using it as a whole-class reading text provided the necessary scaffolding and I modelled sections I felt were more difficult. We talked a lot about the stories and answered questions together as well as searching images online to share. The tricky word banks were really helpful as the children began using those independently and it gave them the confidence to unpick challenging texts in the future.”



A celebration of extraordinary women who faced huge challenges and broke down barriers.

Save lives under gunfire on the battlefield with Annie, fly through storms with Amelia, and sail the world with Tracy.

Change the world with Margaret and her friends, and become a great athlete with Tanni.

Be inspired by these remarkable stories of adventure, bravery, and skill.



They say cats have nine lives. Well, perhaps some of the most adventurous humans have nine, too.

Eric Jones has climbed the world’s most dangerous mountains – and even jumped off one of them!

He has flown over Everest in a balloon, and named a mountain in South America in honour of Welsh history.

Eric’s story is about overcoming our fears and reaching our goals. It helps us understand the world and the beauty it contains.

The book features a special bonus chapter on Snowdon's connections to the first successful expedition to climb Everest.


All the books in the Wales and the World set include chapter questions, a subject-specific poem, a timeline and a glossary, to assist learning and understanding.

Learning has never been so much fun – or this exciting!


Teacher feedback:


"I used some Chapters from this book to help me plan a Humanities topic on Pioneers for Progression Step 3. Eric’s story provides the perfect link between the pioneers who left Wales for Patagonia in a bid to ‘save’ the Welsh language which they believed was under threat. Their story, their relationship with the indigenous people gave so much rich content and hits so many of the Statements of What Matters for humanities as well as strands of the Health and Wellbeing. Climbing and exploring the mountains of the world or statistics on Welsh speakers from Census records provides rich cross-curricular numeracy and so many opportunities for oracy.

We had a class debate on risk-taking. We agreed on the question - is it ok for someone to risk their life to explore new lands? And followed up with what risks it is ok for nine-year-olds to take?

Considering the core principle of being ethically informed citizens the story of migration is as relevant today. As well as Conscience Alley opportunities on whether they would have gone with those Welsh Pioneers on the Mimosa we also wrote a balanced argument on whether the Welsh pioneers were any different to the English settlers in Wales who they had blamed for the reduction of Welsh speakers. This topic was really rich in learning opportunities.

By using Eric’s story I wasn’t restrained by one period of time but was able to compare changing attitudes over several hundred years and the scope for comparing and contrasting exploration, pioneers and the impact of the early pioneers such as Magellan on the indigenous tribes in South America proved 

We finished the topic by allowing learners to present to the class on who they believed was the greatest pioneer. They chose people we had studied but also had independently researched to find their own. Eric won the title of the Greatest Pioneer with the most votes. His story had left its mark with one ALN pupil describing this Welshman as worthy of a new adjective - “awesomest”."


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