Engage your KS2 students on the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with these thought-provoking resources
Infamous for hitting an iceberg and sinking on the morning of 15 April 1912, the Titanic was a tragic disaster in which 1,503 people lost their lives. For learners, it provides the opportunity to talk about industrial production, early twentieth century social class, aspirational travel (or migration) to America, as well as the tragedy that arose when safety was compromised.
Whichever way you choose to approach the anniversary, we’ve done the hard work for you by selecting a range of resources to help you teach students about this "unsinkable" vessel.
Introduce your pupils to the ship-building process, its maiden voyage and how it sank using this clear presentation, which is great for a one-off lesson before looking at the topic in depth.
Taking inspiration from the events of the Titanic, this fully-resourced lesson outline, complete with factsheet and picture cards, can help your students practise their writing skills using the five Ws, as well as understanding the sequencing of ideas within the form of a newspaper article.
When grasping this topic for the first time, this handy timeline of events, with incredible detail of the communication between crew, lifeboat launch times and distress signals, offers learners a step-by-step understanding of what happened.
The sinking of the Titanic
Social class had a significant impact upon the chance of survival; however for passengers, the choice would have been about luxury and its cost. Examine the difference between the rooms, activities and meals for the three different classes on board with this presentation.
Meanwhile, bring the ship into your maths lessons with this visual resource which looks at measurements of the ship and the angles that would have appeared as the ship was sinking.
Encourage speaking and listening skills with this activity pack, providing information sheets to be divided up between groups and fed back to the class in presentations. Sharing out the content and each group’s focus is an effective way of covering all the elements of the sinking.
For a well-informed class, spark a debate about who was to blame with this resource that offers 10 possible contenders and everything your students will need to know about their roles on that night.
Uncover the amateur detectives in your class with this source-based enquiry lesson including booklets pitched at three ability levels, perfect for engaging the whole class with primary sources.
Delve into this interactive interactive presentation* packed full of detailed content and quizzes. In considering the aftermath, this resource looks at how the sinking has been interpreted in film with an engaging truth-or-myth section.
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This post was originally published on 8 April 2016, and was refreshed on 11 April 2017.