Titanic storytelling – Maritime Museum on tour

This outreach workshop is perfect for any younger pupils - a member of our experienced Learning team will come to your setting (within Liverpool City Region) where the children will be immersed in the story of Titanic by being active participants, using museum handling objects and role-play.

Workshop details

The workshop begins with a discussion to find out what the children may, or may not, already know about the famous ship and its local Liverpool connections. The focus then moves on to explore what life was like one hundred years ago, looking at travel and toys in particular. 

After this, the children are invited to take part in the story of Polar, the Titanic Bear. The story is adapted from the original book written by a Titanic first class passenger, Daisy Corning Stone Spedden, who survived the fateful voyage along with her family. She then went on to write Polar the Titanic Bear as a Christmas present for her son, Douglas. 

The children learn about Titanic by taking an active part in the storytelling and playing different characters including Douglas, Daisy, and a sailor. The children are shown what actions and words they need to perform, having the opportunity to join in with the story at certain points to reinforce their learning. Through the story they will learn about different aspects of life on board the famous ship, as well as life in the Edwardian era, and the family’s subsequent rescue in a lifeboat. 

Practicalities

Please note that in order for our team to deliver this workshop, we will require an area of 2-3m2 at the front of the classroom space and have access to an interactive whiteboard or similar.

We can be flexible with the duration of the workshop depending upon the needs of each individual group.

We will arrive approximately 40 minutes prior to the start time of the workshop to set up.

  • £275 including VAT for up to two classes, sessions available between 10.30am and 2.30pm.
  • £375 including VAT for three form entry schools, session start time negotiable.

Curriculum links

Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the world

Key Stage 1 – History

  • Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.
  • They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms.
  • They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events.
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

English Spoken Language

  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • Understand the difference in transport between 100 years ago and today.
  • Recognise that people’s clothes and toys were different between then and now.
  • Understand that this is a true story, and the people and events depicted where real and not imaginary.

Skills

Pupils will:

  • Join in the story at appropriate times using repeated phrases and actions which improves confidence in participating in a group activity.
  • Learn new words important in the story.

Concepts

Pupils will:

  • Grasp the key importance of recognising things that happened in the past.
  • Appreciate the importance of the Titanic disaster as part of world history.

Attitudes

Pupils will:

  • Empathise with the characters situation.
  • View the Maritime Museum as an enjoyable and interesting place to visit.