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!
- 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?
Titanic Knowledge Organiser
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- 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.
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
This Pathé footage of the Titanic before it left Belfast, and of the aftermath, is a useful primary source.
Running time: 6:46
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