Remembering the Titanic

Sian Evans
08th April 2016
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Ideas to engage your KS2 students on the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic 

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.

It was designed to be remembered as the largest and most luxurious ship of its time and from it, we can learn 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.

Whether studying it as a historical event, as inspiration for creative writing or even as the stimulus for calculating measurements, we’ve selected a range of resources to help you teach your KS2 students about this "unsinkable" vessel.

Overview activities

Introduce your pupils to the ship-building process, its maiden voyage and how it sank using this clear PowerPoint presentation, which is great for a one-off lesson or a foundation 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 PowerPoint presentation.

Bring the history of the Titanic 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.

The aftermath

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 PowerPoint presentation £2 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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