Primary and Secondary Resources on the Sinking of Titanic
Friday 20th April 2012
Sunday 15th April marked the anniversary and KS2 and KS3 teachers may be thinking about ways in which they could use the Titanic as a vehicle for learning in the classroom. There are many free teaching resources available and two recommended educational resources have been identified for use by primary and secondary school teachers.
Science Titanic Lesson Plans for KS3
Snapshot Science offers Key Stage 3 teachers a teaching idea where pupils are encouraged to develop their ability to give scientific explanations of events. Secondary science teachers are provided with an animation of the sinking of the Titanic and a free teacher resource in the form of a PowerPoint presentation that outlines performance in scientific explanations by National Curriculum level as relevant to the topic of the Titanic sinking. This is an excellent resource for supporting teacher assessment as well as encouraging self-assessment as pupils produce scientific explanations of the sinking of the Titanic. Key Stage 3 Science teachers may wish to incorporate the free teaching materials into current KS3 schemes of work so they are used on an annual basis.
KS2 Teacher Resoruces at the BBC
Key Stage 2 teachers will find that BBC Primary British History offers cross-curricular teaching ideas and free resources for use in the classroom. Through the free teaching ideas offered by this website, pupils use different types of evidence to find out about the past, they recognise that events in the past have shaped the present and pupils are encouraged to identify continuity and change across time. This supports the History curriculum at Key Stage 2. The images and teaching materials for this are provided via the website. This educational resource also offers free teacher resources that use the Titanic as a theme for carrying out a science investigation. This supports AT1 Scientific Enquiry and an investigation planning sheet for KS2 Science is provided, which primary school teachers will find particularly useful.
These resources can be used as part of standalone lessons that teachers at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 use to capitalise on the profile of the Titanic at the moment. However, they may also be of interest to teachers who wish to develop a topic based on the Titanic that is taught annually.