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SOS Titanic

Spring 1 2022

History, English and Art

Thinking and Creativity

Rationale: The children will be transported back in time to the world of the Titanic. Through investigation and handling artefacts they will find out about the great cruise liner and its fateful journey. In addition they will be introduced to the idea of cause and consequence and the changes to life at sea that occurred as a result of the sinking. Using this information they will create their own radio broadcast/film about the Titanic where listeners/viewers will get a taste of life on board, an insight into the events and feelings of the survivors.

Hook: A set of “clues” are left in the classroom for them to discover what our new project is about. There’s a ticket, an old newspaper, quotes, photographs, books, a model and an old suitcase, full of interesting artefacts. Allow the children in their groups to read and explore the resources. What is this all about? After gathering suggestions, watch a short clip describing the events of the Titanic. Take turns dressing up in the clothes and come up with 5 questions they want to ask about the ship and the people who travelled on her.

We looked at a cross section of the Titanic - look at all of the different parts! Did you know that the ship was designed so that the first class passengers didn't come across third class passengers!

We became artists, looking closely at the details of the ship. We explored the difference between drawing pencils and art pencils and experimented with light and dark marks to really show the details of the Titanic. We then began to think about how people may have felt boarding the Titanic and arriving in Southampton and seeing it for the first time...

When being historians, it is important to put yourself in the shoes of the people in the past. We began to think about the different people who boarded the Titanic and how they may have felt and why. There were lots of feelings: proud, excited, nervous and even sad.

We talked about the fact that the Titanic happened over 100 years ago! This is very hard to imagine! Then, we began to learn about the order of events on that fateful night. This is so important to help us plan and create our radio broadcast for our outcome!

Who was on the Titanic? As historians, we explored the Titanic passenger log to find out about some first and third class passengers but also crew!

What did first class passengers do on the Titanic? We read the book Polar the Titanic Bear to find out - it is a true story!

We then explored adding detail to our sentences by extending using conjunctions

We found out about Morse ode, had a go at sending an SOS message and learnt about the person who sent the distress messages and what happened to him when the Titanic sank.

We explored how it might have felt to be Frederick Fleet, the lookout on that fateful night. What might he have seen, heard, felt?

We used fact books to find out information about RMS Carpathia and then created our own fact files.

Who made it onto a lifeboat? We were given groups either 1st,2nd or 3rd class passengers and crew. In the hall we looked at how many people made it onto a lifeboat. We had a big discussion about why - this ranged from the 3rd class passengers being at the base of the ship to crew staying to do their job to women and children going first. Excellent deduction skills Year 1/2! This visual demonstration really showed us just how many people lost their lives on this fateful journey. Circle time afterwards gave us chance for reflection and to think about the passengers feelings.

Our Project Outcome

The children have gathered together everything they have learnt about the Titanic and recorded an excellent radio broadcast. This is accompanied by their art work and fabulous shoe box rooms made as their home learning. Well done Year 1/2 you are certainly brilliant historians and now have a fantastic knowledge of the events surrounding the famous ship - The Titanic!

Titanic Radio Broadcast

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