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When she set sail from Southampton on the 10th of April 1912, the Titanic was billed as “The Queen of the Ocean” and the “World’s largest liner”. She was a luxurious vessel, fitted out with the most advanced technology of the time.

The ship was expected to reach New York a week later, but she never reached her destination, sinking 400 miles off the coast of Canada. How did the ship, which many believed to be unsinkable, come to such a tragic end?

Teach your children about the Titanic using our handy topic guide!

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Teaching Ideas | Resources | Facts | Videos | Books | Links

Teaching Ideas

  • Make a model of the Titanic using craft materials or construction bricks. Can you label the different parts of the ship?
  • Create a timeline that shows the main events of the story.
  • Write a recount from the point of view of a survivor.
  • Create a booklet, eBook, Powerpoint presentation or video that contains information you have researched about the topic.
  • Write a newspaper report about the sinking of the Titanic.
  • Write an acrostic poem based on the word TITANIC.
  • What impact did the sinking of the Titanic have on ship safety? Research the topic and find out the differences between ocean safety then and now.
  • Discuss what should happen to the Titanic now. Should objects be recovered from it or should they be left alone?
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Resources

The Titanic Mini Pack

Titanic Knowledge Organiser

Members of Teaching Packs can download a comprehensive knowledge organiser to accompany this topic. It includes key information that your children can use for reference and research, along with a timeline, a glossary and a map of the Titanic’s journey.

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Titanic Facts

  • After leaving Southampton, the Titanic made stops at Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland, to pick up passengers.
  • There were 908 crew members on board. However, only 212 survived the disaster.
  • Although the Titanic had space for 64 lifeboats, she was only carrying 20 when the disaster occurred. This was more than she was legally obliged to carry.
  • Two dogs survived the disaster; a Pomeranian and a Pekinese.
  • The wreck of the Titanic was found in 1985. and lies 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) beneath the surface of the ocean.

Videos

Titanic Blue Peter Animation

This animation about the Titanic was shown on the BBC’s ‘Blue Peter’ program. It tells the story of a young girl who travels on the Titanic, from her point of view.

Running time: 3:30

BBC History Titanic Animation

This animation offers an overview of what happened to the Titanic. It was created for BBC History.

Running time: 5:33

Titanic Footage

This Pathé footage of the Titanic before it left Belfast, and of the aftermath, is a useful primary source.

Running time: 6:46

National Geographic Video

This video from National Geographic gives a good overview of the topic, including a look at the wreck of the Titanic.

Running time: 3:49

Books

Samson's Titanic Journey

A delightful picture book for younger children, telling the story of the Titanic from the point of view of a mouse called Samson.

Titanic (Survivor)

This gripping first-hand account tells the story of a young boy aboard the fateful Titanic.

The Titanic Detective Agency

This historical novel is a great class read to accompany a topic about the Titanic.

Kaspar Prince of Cats

This illustrated novel from Michael Morpurgo tells the story of a cat who manages to survive the sinking of the Titanic!

I Was There...

This is a great introduction for readers aged 7 and over, offering a moving first-hand account of a child’s experience on the Titanic.

Escaping Titanic

This book tells the story of young Ruth Elizabeth Becker as her awe of the mighty Titanic turns into horror when she is separated from her mother and siblings.

The Story of Titanic

This stunning reference book is filled with amazing facts, beautiful images and real-life stories about the Titanic.

You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the Titanic!

This book is part of the popular ‘You Wouldn’t Want to Be’ series and features full-colour illustrations which combine humour and accurate technical detail.

T Is for Titanic

This A-Z book includes rhyming verses for young children, alongside detailed facts and information for older readers.

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