Is success the same for everyone?

People  Place  Problem  Possibilities 
George Leigh Mallory 

Sandy Irvine 




Was the expedition a success?  

Is it important to have a definitive answer?  

That success can be defined in many different ways according to our individual passions and beliefs


Synopsis (150-200 words) 

The project begins with the children adopting the role of detectives: trying to piece together a mystery of events that took place on Mount Everest. With only a few artifacts, documents and photos available, they learn the fate of the two intrepid explorers – George Leigh Mallory and Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine.  

Today, there remains much uncertainty of the outcome of the 1924 expedition to Mount Everest, due to the treacherous terrain and loss of evidence to the elements. The children join Mallory at the beginning of his journey and follow him all the way to summit. They explore what drove Mallory to risk it all to succeed and why Irvine made the perfect climbing companion. The expedition is closely linked to Oxford; and the children have the opportunity to visit Merton college’s museum of artifacts, from the 1924 expedition. Bringing the project to life is the visit from Julie Summers: the great niece of Sandy Irvine; local author and historian, and expert in all things Everest.  

After considering all of the evidence available, the children are asked to draw conclusions as to whether, the 1924 expedition was successful in reaching the summit of Everest.  

We discuss what success means for different people in different cultures and jobs and for the individuals who make up our class.

Knowledge Organiser

Knowledge Organiser_Is success the same for everyone

Trips out/Visitors In 

Visits to Merton College Museum. 

Julie Summers’ lecture on Sandy Irvine. 

Andrew Turnbull lecture on surviving hypothermia. 


Learning Exhibition 

Exhibition of work (writing, art and musical composition).