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The Sinking of The Titanic

March 29th 2021| Michael Mountford

The Sinking of The Titanic

The Titanic is probably the most famous ship ever to have been built. At the time it was launched, it was the biggest ship in the world.

The huge ship was said to be the biggest, the best and the safest ship ever to have set sail. But on the 15th April 1912, five days into its very first voyage from Southampton to New York, the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank. There were over 2200 people on board but only 715 people survived.

The wreck of the Titanic was discovered 74 years later, just over 2 miles under the sea.

Did You Know?

  • The ship was built to carry about 3,500 people. And although there were around 2200 people on board, there were only enough lifeboats for just over half of them.
  • To travel first class on the Titanic would have set you back £875 – but for those travelling third class, it was about £20!
  • The boat hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland late at night on April 14th, 1912, and sank in the early hours of April 15th. Over 1500 people died; only 715 people survived.
  • The Captain of the famous Titanic was Edward John Smith. He was a proud man and didn’t even attempt to leave the sinking ship.
  • There was a band on board and some survivors reported that the band carried on playing music while the ship was sinking. Sadly none of the band members were lucky enough to survive.
National Geographic – CGI of How Titanic Sank

The National Geographic YouTube channel has a very large abundance of videos surrounding Titanic. This specific video is a CGI visualisation of what the Titanic sinking would have looked like. It’s rather striking and is a good resource to use if some children are having a hard time visualising certain aspects of the Titanic.

Class Activities

Titanic is a topic that has the ability to intrigue students of any age. A creative mind and a dab hand at some makeshift DIY can make this topic much more fun. Below I’ve thought up some ideas that you could try and implement into your lessons.

First Class Vs Third Class

Starting from the beginning, it’s good to make sure that there is an understanding of how the different social classes were treated, their day-to-day activities, how they dressed, etc.

With this in mind, showing some clips from the 1997 film Titanic can help pupils visualise the difference between those in First class vs those who were in Third class.

Make sure that the children are making notes about what they can see in the two clips; how are the conditions different, clothing, activities.

YouTube – Jack Goes To First Class
YouTube – Rose Goes To Third Class

Titanic: Honour & Glory

An undertaking of ‘Titanic’ proportions. Titanic: Honour & Glory is a single team’s attempt at creating the most authentic digital recreation of Titanic. Currently under development with a handful of demos available via their website; it is sure to wow any and all who happen to walk past your classroom.

The link to their website can be found here: Titanic: Honour and Glory.

*Please seek advice from your school’s IT department before downloading

Who were the passengers aboard the Titanic?

A fun research task for the children to complete could be looking at the passenger lists to find out more about who they were.

The National Archives website has a great blog piece that could help in setting up this particular classroom activity. Take a look at it here: National Archives Education.

Science Experiments

The Titanic is a great hook-in for teaching about certain aspects of science. A blog I found, which has plenty of creative ideas, talks about various scientific principles which can be taught about using the Titanic. Please have a read of it here.

Resources

We here at Teacher’s Pet have a large collection of amazing resources all to do with the Titanic. Click here to see all that of our resources relating to Titanic.

Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to help you get started.

The Titanic History Topic Pack
The Titanic Retell Writing Frames
Titanic Research Questions
Titanic Cross Section Information Cards

Have a Great Day!

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for teaching about the Titanic.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added to the topic calendar!)

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