Pupils from Bulford St Leonard’s Primary School spent the day at SeaCity in Southampton recently as part of their Titanic project.
The Year 5 and 6 students were able to experience what life was like on the board the ill-fated ship. They took part in a workshop where they dressed up as passengers before going on to do different activities.
First the youngsters had to use reasoning techniques to work out who they would save. They were given a miniature lifeboat and some passenger information and asked to explain who they would save and why.
Next, using an ice-cube tray they investigated the sinking of the Titanic. They explored what made the tray sink faster, filling it up with water from the front, back and sides.
Then the children were able to handle artifacts that were used onboard the ship including curling irons and a cigarette holder. Lastly, the pupils had to work out a secret code and try and transmit the message using a Morse code device.
“The museum was very hands-on and the children enjoyed exploring the exhibits,” said Karen Jeffery, Year 5/6 teacher.
At the end of the visit the children had a guided tour of the museum and discovered that many people who travelled onboard the Titanic actually came from Southampton.
"We are so lucky we had this opportunity, we found out so much stuff about the Titanic that we didn't know already (and we already knew a lot!). The guide told us all about the youngest passenger onboard, she was only 9 weeks old,” said Year 5 pupil, Grace Liddle.
Helen Mathieson CEO of Salisbury Plain Academies, of which Bulford St Leonard’s is a part said: “It’s very important for children to experience the world beyond the classroom – where learning really comes to life. These sorts of experiences help to improve academic achievement and the personal, social and emotional development of our pupils.”