The Sinking of the Titanic: Key Stage 1

Lessons and activities

  • How could the unsinkable Titanic sink? This history mystery asks pupils to speculate as to the possible reasons before comparing different explanations. When people have so many opinions on this question, it is appropriate that pupils feel that they are making their own meaning, not just accepting what one book tells them.
  • How should we film the sinking of the Titanic? Pupils are historical advisers to Steven Spielberg, the famous film director. He wants an historically accurate poster to show the Sinking of the Titanic, its final hours. Pupils use the gallery technique to compare a range of visual images

Teaching The Sinking of the Titanic to Key Stage 1

This is a real winner as a topic which fires pupils’ imagination, especially the boys’.  It deals with issues to do with causes really well, as you will see from the lesson using the history mystery approach.  It also is great for looking at consequences.  By focusing on the rescue, pupils can see how it has been shown differently in pictures and on film.  This provides an excellent way into interpretations.

Some colleagues might think this is a bit of a sad, indeed tragic, story to use

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