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Primary School

Summer 2

The Sinking of the Titanic


  • To know that the Titanic was a ship built in 1912 that sank on its maiden voyage
  • To know there are different sources of information about the Titanic e.g. witness statements, the newspaper onboard, the finding of the ship
  • To know that ships now have more safety features.
  • To know that the Titanic had 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class passengers and the conditions of the ship for these 3 classes were vastly different even as the ship sank.  
  • To know that Captain Edward Smith sailed the Titanic, Fredrik Fleet spotted the iceberg and Thomas Andrews designed the ship.
  • To know that Captain Edward Smith and Thomas Andrews went down with the ship but Fredrik Fleet survived.
  • To understand that people felt a range of emotions during the sinking of the Titanic.




  • To order and sequence events.
  • To use common words or phrases concerned with the passing of time – ongoing throughout

Events, people and changes

  • To develop an awareness of the sinking of the Titanic as a significant event in history.

Interpretation, enquiry and using sources

  • To choose sources and demonstrate how they give us information about the sinking of the Titanic.
  • To consider how ships are built differently now than in 1912, how their safety features are different and why.
  • To recognise that the attitude of people was different in 1912 which led to the differences in 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes on the Titanic.


  • To use a variety of historical terms and concepts when talking about and writing about the Titanic – ongoing throughout.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the sinking of the Titanic through writing e.g. recounts.


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