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Education rates apply September 2018 to June 2019

Lessons from the past

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Welcome… …to the 2018/19 Learning Programme at Titanic Belfast which caters for Foundation Stage to post graduate students. We hope you’ve enjoyed all the good weather we’ve had this summer and have settled back into the rhythms of school life. We’ve been busy with a refresh of our bestselling KS2 workshop, Abandon Ship, which is also available for post primary pupils and as an adult team building activity. In response to valuable feedback from this year’s participants we have made this already popular workshop even more interactive and accessible. To help you with your visit we have produced an updated set of Gallery Notes for self-guided visits, an updated Risk Assessment for Education Group Visits and new look Teacher Briefing Notes. As always though, please get in touch if you need any advice or you are bringing students who have additional needs.

The “At a Glance” section on Page 8 of this brochure highlights our tours and workshops by age group and curriculum area so you can find the activities that are most suitable for your students and the work you are doing with them in the classroom. You’ll also find details about the free teacher recce visits we offer (see page 5) and the downloadable classroom resources that support the learning you’ll do at Titanic Belfast. If you would like to keep up to date with news, product information, invites and competitions from the Learning team please sign up at this link, and don’t forget to reconfirm using the link in your confirmation email. We will only send you relevant information and you can unsubscribe at any time.


The Titanic Belfast Experience contains a wealth of information and learning opportunities. A learning workshop gives you and your students the chance to get a deeper, richer learning experience. We offer a wide selection of workshop topics that cater for all age groups and cover a broad range of curriculum areas. We also have workshops that are suitable for students who have learning disabilities.

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All Titanic Belfast learning’s workshops are designed to meet curriculum targets and the rationales for each workshop can be found on our website


What is Titanic Belfast?

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4 How to book a visit 5 Recces 6 What does it cost? 7 Added Extras 8 At a Glance Gallery Tours 10 What is a Gallery tour? 13 Self Guided Tours 15 Ship of Dreams 17 Brave New World 19 SS Nomadic Workshops 20 Why a Workshop? 23 My Friend Bear 25 My Granda’s Piece Tin 27 Get the Message 29 The Panel 31 New Beginnings 33 Exploring the Depths 35 Abandon Ship! 37 From White Star to 5 star 38 Stemquest 39 Survitec 40 Discover Titanic Quarter 42 Resources 43 Inspire 2017 44 How to get here


How to Book a visit There a few easy steps to booking an education group visit to Titanic Belfast:

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Request a booking form or more information from education@titanicbelfast. com. Complete the form and return it as soon as possible.

Our team will check availability and reserve your visit. You will then receive a pro-forma invoice by email.

Payment will be due 30 days from date on invoice or immediate payment if your visit falls within 30 days of the booking date.

Once payment has been received your booking is confirmed and you will receive a timetable for your day. Teachers can access our online resources to prepare their class for their visit. Please note that if compulsory teacher ratios are not adhered to, we reserve the right to refuse entry for health and safety reasons.


Recces Titanic Belfast’s Learning Team offers free ‘teacher recces’ for all teachers considering or planning a visit to Titanic Belfast. Come and visit the galleries in a whistle stop walkthrough with a member of the Learning Team and then enjoy a coffee with the chance to ask questions about your options. Titanic Belfast’s crew are passionate about ensuring maximum access to learning for all our guests - our staff are disability awareness trained and will work with you to plan for any specific needs your class might have.

Recces are available Monday to Friday by arrangement, but once a term we offer a Saturday recce for those travelling from further afield advance notice for Saturday recces is announced on our Facebook page /TitanicBelfast, so make sure to like and follow us! You can also receive notification through our ezine - sign up to receive information about competitions and special offers by emailing us to confirm you are happy to be added to our mailing list.

You’ll then return to the galleries with a complimentary ticket to take it all in at your own pace with your camera and notebook in hand.

Please note that all recces must be booked in advance with our Learning Team. Contact to book your recce.


Education rates apply September 2018 to June 2019

What does it cost? Primary/ Secondary Student

Sep–Jun Prices • Self-guided tour of Titanic Belfast • Self-guided tour of SS Nomadic


• Guided tour of Titanic Belfast** • Self-guided tour of SS Nomadic


Higher Additional Education Accompanying *Student* Adult

£12.60 NA

£14.50 £14.50

• Self-guided tour of Titanic Belfast • Guided tour of SS Nomadic




• Guided tour of Titanic Belfast** • Guided tour of SS Nomadic




Workshop***/guided tour combined







Workshop enhancements

sample itinerary 09:45



Gallery Tour






SS Nomadic


Slipway Walk/Shop


Group Departure

*Higher education rates apply when booking The Panel or White Star to 5 Star enhancements only **Ship of Dreams or Brave New World guided tours

***My Granda’s Piece Tin or My Friend Bear workshops


Added Extras Lunch Space

Slipway Walks

Titanic Belfast can provide a lunch area for your school group. This must be requested at time of booking and is subject to availability. Schools will be accommodated on a first come first served basis.

If you find yourself with some spare time or want your group to get out into the fresh air before they get back on the bus, Titanic Belfast has developed a range of self-guided slipways maps for you and your pupils to enjoy.

Alternatively, the plaza surrounding Titanic Belfast and the Titanic Slipways can be used for students to take lunch however pupils will need to be supervised at all times.

These highlight the areas of interest around the Titanic Belfast building and the historic slipways, targeted at different key stage groups. They are downloadable from

Titanic Belfast has a variety of packed lunch options available for pre-booking.


At a glance Page




Self Guided Tours


Ship of Dreams


Brave New World


SS Nomadic


My Friend Bear


My Granda’s Piece Tin


Get the Message


The Panel


New Beginnings


Exploring the Depths


Abandon Ship! in partnership with


From White star to 5 Star






Thinking TheWorld Skills Communication around us Citizenship





What is a Gallery tour? The Titanic Experience includes nine interactive galleries, each focusing on a different part of the Titanic story. Factual information is brought to life through scale replicas, interactive multimedia displays and sensory experiences offering a diverse learning environment.

There is more than one way to enjoy Titanic Belfast’s galleries: • All year round education groups can visit on a self-guided tour where teachers guide their class and take advantage of the pre-visit information and materials provided. • Between October and March groups can upgrade to a guided tour, either Brave New World (p17) or Ship of Dreams (P15). Both are themed tours lasting approx. 90 mins. A supplementary fee is charged for a guided tour. • Between October and March KS1 classes can also book a special guided tour as part of the My Granda’s Piece Tin workshop. • Between October and March guided tours are available onboard SS Nomadic.


The Titanic Experience

Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

Average 90 minute Tour | 8+ years old | SEN | Available All Year Pre-Booking Essential

Self-guided Tours Titanic Belfast welcomes education visitors all year round for self-guided tours of The Titanic Experience. On arrival you will be supported by a welcome host, who will set the scene and give you advice before you enter. Gallery notes are available online which cover the activities and themes you’ll find in the exhibition, as well as how these link with curriculum targets in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The most important support we can offer you is the opportunity to visit us for a ‘Teacher Recce’ (page 5). You’ll meet with the Learning Team for advice about planning your class trip over a cup of tea and you will be given a complimentary ticket so you can access the galleries, with a notebook and camera to plan your visit!


Ship of Dreams Ship of Dreams is a 90 minute highlights tour especially designed for education visitors hosted by a live guide and using headsets to enrich your learning experience. Your specialist guide will steer you through the galleries helping you and your students focus on the story of Titanic; from

Key Highlights • Personal Titanic Belfast guide

why she was designed, how she was built and her luxurious fit out, right

• Individual Headsets

up to the story of the wreck’s discovery. You’ll be guided to appropriate

• Highlights Tour

activities, hear stories about her passengers and crew and reflect on the tragedy of her loss.


Gallery Tours

90 minute Tour | 8+ years old | SEN | Available October to March

Brave New World Brave New World is a special guided experience for students aged 8 to 12 years on the theme of emigration. Your specialist guide will lead you and your students through the exhibition galleries with a series of thought provoking, structured activities and direct you to the most pertinent elements of the exhibition ensuring rich opportunities for learning, empathy and inspiration.

Key Highlights • Personal Titanic Belfast guide • Individual Headsets • Emigration focus

Lasting 90 minutes, Brave New World will concentrate on Titanic’s links with emigration and the story of early C20th emigration from Europe, particularly Ireland.


Gallery Tours

90 minute Tour | 8-12 years old | SEN | Available October to March

SS Nomadic Step on board Titanic’s little sister for an educational voyage that spans a century! SS Nomadic is not just a visitor attraction, it’s also an iconic and unique educational experience for students of all ages! Over 100 years ago she was a purpose built tender for the White Star Line’s Olympic Class Liners. Now she provides exciting and interactive activities which encourage independent and collaborative learning and will have you wanting to come back time and time again. During the months of October to March you can upgrade to a guided tour with a member of SS Nomadic’s specialist crew, which is also suitable for SEN groups.

Key Highlights • Heritage Space • Knowledgeable staff • Last White Star Line Vessel in existence

SS Nomadic offers a unique learning environment where pupils can experience life onboard an authentic 1911 ship, dress up and even meet the ship’s captain.


Gallery Tours

60 minute Tour | 8+ | Available October to March

Why a workshop? The Titanic Belfast Experience contains a wealth of information and learning opportunities. A learning workshop gives you and your students the chance to get a deeper, richer learning experience. We offer a wide selection of workshop topics that cater for all age groups and cover a broad range of curriculum areas, as well as workshops that are suitable for students who have learning disabilities. All Titanic Belfast Learning’s workshops are designed to meet curriculum targets and the rationales for each workshop can be found on our website




Full morning | 4-6 years old | SEN | October to March

My Friend Bear Douglas Spedden was a real boy who travelled on RMS Titanic with his parents and his beloved polar bear toy. His story inspired our newest workshop

Key Highlights

well as words of encouragement and wisdom. He tends to project his feelings

• Takes place on board SS Nomadic

onto Bear but between them they work out the right path to take.


Spread over three areas of SS Nomadic and including a juice and cookie

• Develop thinking skills and personal capabilities

where our boy relies on ‘Bear’ to be his best friend who will offer company as

‘morning tea’, My Friend Bear is an experience where your pupils will enjoy story time, a chance to explore their emotional vocabulary, play games and encourage each other. Developed with PDMU guidelines in mind, this

• Includes morning tea

workshop will offer you the opportunity to cover a variety of cross curricular areas with your pupils in a fun and stimulating environment.



2½ hr experience (inc break) | 6-8 years old | SEN | Available Oct to Mar Workshop also available as an intergenerational experience for community groups

My Granda’s Piece Tin My Granda’s Piece Tin is a special workshop and tailored gallery experience where pupils will explore the lives of the youngest workers in Harland and Wolff. Your pupils will enjoy the personal stories of the shipyards and compare their packed lunch with the contents of the apprentices’ ‘piece

Key Highlights • Learn about Belfast’s Shipyards

tins’ before taking off on their own apprenticeship journey.

• Tour and workshop combined

Dressed appropriately, they’ll make their way through the shipyard, up the

• Become shipyard apprentices

gantry and finally launch a ship into Belfast Lough.



60 minute workshop | 8-12 years old | SEN | Available all year

Get the Message Get the Message allows pupils to explore and experiment with different methods of communication, including those used on Titanic herself. Taking place onboard SS Nomadic, pupils will try their hand at signal flags, semaphore and morse code. Pupils who take our Get the Message workshop will leave with a richer understanding of traditional maritime communication methods. They will have the opportunity to consider the pros, cons and limitations of the maritime communication methods used in the past after experimenting with their delivery. Get the Message will encourage your pupils to put into correct perspective the modern communication methods they take for granted.

Key Highlights • Takes place in SS Nomadic’s Engine Room • Great for teamwork and communication • Develop thinking skills and personal capabilities



60 minute workshop | 11-18 years old | KS3+ | Available all year Workshop also available for EFL Students

The Panel Learning from our mistakes is part of what makes us human and examining those mistakes and using this knowledge helps us make changes for the better. The Panel gives pupils the opportunity to examine the British and American inquiries that investigated the Titanic disaster and delve a little deeper into what happened on that fateful night. They will study and analyse pieces of primary source material before taking on the role of advisory panel members to make their recommendations for improvements in maritime safety standards and protocols. Will they recommend the same improvements as the initial inquiries? We’ll have to

Key Highlights • Read and review primary source material • Communication Skills • Develop critical thinking skills

wait and see…



60 minute workshop | 8-12 year olds | SEN | Available October to March Workshop also available for community groups

New Beginnings New Beginnings offers students the opportunity, through a range of structured activities, to empathise with young European migrants of the early 20th Century. The story of Titanic and her tender Nomadic are inextricably entwined with that of European emigration to America. As we try to imagine the emotions of the men, women and children who had made such a brave decision; to leave all they knew behind and risk everything in the hope of improving their futures, pupils are faced with the question; how would I have felt? The workshop includes a personal and cultural identity craft, a suitcase packing activity as pupils make some tough decisions about what they would bring, and a reflection on the reasons for migration, then and now. New Beginnings is the perfect complement to our Brave New World guided experience but can equally be booked as a stand alone activity or with any gallery experience.

Key Highlights • On board SS Nomadic • Emigration focus • Take home craft creations



60 min workshop | 8-14 years old | KS2 & KS3 | Available October to March

Exploring the depths Exploring the Depths allows pupils to dive deep into the ocean to uncover hidden shipwrecks and discover the world of modern ocean exploration.

Key Highlights

Taking place in the final gallery, the Ocean Exploration Centre (OEC)


provides a unique interactive learning environment. Pupils discover the

• Learn about Ireland’s shores

zones of the ocean along with some of the specialised creatures that live there; get up close and personal with actual ocean exploration technology; fly through the underwater landscape off the north coast of Ireland using Titanic Belfast’s unique simulated environment to uncover shipwrecks; learn about a range of marine STEM careers; and investigate some marine samples using a high definition video microscope. Pupils will come away with a new appreciation and respect for our oceans and will be inspired by

• Explore marine science career options • Exclusive access to Ocean Exploration Centre

the future of ocean exploration and scientific research.



60 minute workshop | 8+ years old | KS2+ | SEN | Available all Year Workshop also available for corporate teambuilding

Abandon Ship! An exercise in thinking outside the box, Abandon Ship uses actual liferafts supplied by Survitec Ltd. The workshop focuses on developing pupils’ transferable skills in communication, problem-solving and decision-making as well as promoting self-confidence, self-esteem, co-operation and teamwork. Based around the scenario of being the crew of 3 yachts which collide with an iceberg, students must abandon ship into the liferafts. While ‘onboard’, each pupil must consider, both individually and as a group, how

Key Highlights • Uses liferafts from Survitec Ltd • Teamwork and Communication • Critical thinking

each of 15 items provided could be used in their situation. This workshop is available for KS2 and KS3 students with set curricular learning intentions and is also an excellent icebreaker for year 8 students!

In partnership with



60 minute Seminar | GCSE+ | Tourism, Heritage, Event Management and Marketing | Available all Year

From WHite Star to 5 Star Winner of ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ in 2016, Titanic Belfast was Northern Ireland’s first ever five star tourist attraction and we strive to build on our position as a world-class venue. From White Star to 5 Star is a seminar which gives your students the opportunity to find out about what it takes to be world-class and to consider the value that brings to a region. You’ll meet a key member of our crew as they answer your students’ questions about working in such an amazing place and about how they and their colleagues contribute to the success that is Titanic Belfast. Please note From White Star to 5 Star must be booked at least 6 weeks in advance of date of visit and the students questions must be with us at least two weeks in advance in order to let our member of staff sufficiently prepare for your visit.

Key Highlights • Interview key senior member of our crew • Learn about working at Titanic Belfast • Northern Irish tourism


StemQuest Titanic Belfast is on the lookout for this year’s best science, technology, engineering and maths KS3 quiz teams to test their knowledge against their peers from across the region. Now in its fourth year, STEM Quest brings schools together from across Northern Ireland to battle it out in our table quiz to be crowned STEM Quest Champions 2019.

wonderful setting of Titanic Belfast’s Titanic Suite hosted by well-known personality, Joe Lindsay, on 12th February 2019. The closing date for STEM Quest Quiz entries is 14th December; spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. To enter, visit

STEM Quest’s format has changed this year so that all teams get the chance to compete in the

Supported by

If you’re up for the challenge and ready to #getyourSTEMon then email before 14th December 2018 and put ‘STEMQuest’ as the email subject line.

In partnership with


Developing a new generation of innovative thinkers The Survitec Group, one of the world’s top Safety Survival Technology companies, has joined forces with Titanic Belfast to enable educators and young explorers to go deeper into the fascinating oceans around us. The unique partnership sees the internationally renowned and Belfast-based company support and endorse a specialist education programme and workshop designed to encourage innovation and highlight knowledge of marine safety to young people. The Survitec Group has a strong heritage of innovative contributions to the maritime safety industry. As safety survival subject matter experts with more than 160 years’ expertise in the design and

manufacture of life saving equipment, the Group’s influence can be traced back to the early 19th century with the introduction of the first ever life-raft in 1932, the first life preserver in 1940 and the first mass evacuation system in 1979. Today Survitec remains the design authority on a number of products used in the modern maritime industry, supplying a solution for virtually any seafaring vessel, anywhere in the world today.


Learning along the Maritime Mile Titanic Foundation’s ambition is to create a dynamic maritime destination where preservation of heritage complements regeneration and where public realm, events and amenities attract, engage and connects everyone in Belfast to Titanic’s narrative - human endeavour, pride, inspiration and innovation. Titanic Foundation owns the iconic visitor attraction Titanic Belfast and the last White Star ship SS Nomadic. With the restoration of the former Harland & Wolff HQ Building and Drawing Offices complete and the Great Light open to the public, Titanic Foundation is progressing a number of industrial maritime heritage led projects in Belfast, all of which promote learning, connectivity and engagement with local people. New attractions mean new learning opportunities, so you can learn all about the Great Light and the Drawing Offices where RMS Titanic was designed through our educational resources. Located on the Titanic walkway, the Great Light is around 130 years old, and is one of the largest optics of its kind ever built in the world. It produced one of the strongest

lighthouse beams ever to shine - a truly GREAT LIGHT. The resources look at the science, engineering and stories of the lighthouse keepers who looked after this exceptionally rare maritime artefact. The Drawing Offices were part of the Harland & Wolff Headquarters Building, and the creative hub of what was once the world’s biggest shipyard. Now restored and transformed into a hotel, the resources look at the roles of the people who worked for Harland & Wolff. To find out about all the exciting learning opportunities that not only meet the curriculum in both NI and the ROI, but offer unique learning experiences through unforgettable encounters, visit the resources section at T: +44 (0)28 9073 0490 E:


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Segway Tours Dock Café


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Gateway to EastSide



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Vertigo Indoor Skydiving


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Titanic Hotel Belfast

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Titanic Quarter is a great place to learn, offering an insight into a range of curriculum topics including:

The Great Light

Titanic Belfast


Lagan Weir Footbridge

AC Hotel Belfast




Visit Belfast Welcome Centre


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York Dock


Visit Belfast Welcome Centre Belfast Waterfront

Barnett Dock

The City Hall

The City Hall Big Fish

St Joseph’s Church

Belfast Harbour Commissioners




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Resources Titanic Belfast’s Learning Team strives to support teachers and students with their RMS Titanic projects. Our website has free resources to help you prepare for your visit including a site Risk Assessment, Teacher planning notes and detailed gallery notes which will assist you in knowing where to focus your visit to meet all your curriculum targets. We also provide suggestions for pre-visit and follow up classroom activities and downloadable resources for you to use in the classroom or at home.



Inspire 2019 What is Success? Titanic Belfast’s annual Inspire conference is always one of the highlights of our year and Inspire 2019 is just around the corner. This year we will be exploring the idea of success and what it looks like beyond the traditional academic definition.

T i tan i c B e l f a s t ’ s

Conference 2019

To minimise your chances of missing out become a named teacher for your school or college by signing up at this link, and don’t forget to reconfirm using the link in your confirmation email! We will only send you relevant information and you can unsubscribe at any time. We hope to see you here on Monday 4th March 2019 for what will be a truly inspirational day.

In partnership with


How to get here Titanic Belfast is in close proximity to ferry ports and Belfast City Airport, and is very accessible to all major routes. Vehicles approaching Belfast on the M1 or M2 should follow the signs to Belfast City Airport M3, taking the first exit for Titanic Quarter. Titanic Belfast is also accessible by train from Central Station where visitors can depart at Titanic Quarter station and enjoy an easy 30 minute walk to Titanic Belfast. The Belfast Glider rapid transit service halts outside Titanic Belfast. We also offer free coach parking and refreshments for your driver for pre-booked groups!

Handy tips for the perfect visit to Titanic Belfast…

Get your supervision ratios right

For best preparation book a recce

Stay in touch with us

Stay with your students at all times

Stay with your adults Wear your uniform

Listen carefully

In partnership with Titanic Belfast, 1 Olympic Way, Queen’s Road, Belfast, N. Ireland, BT3 9EP T: +44 (0)28 9076 6396 E:

Stay safe Don’t bring your backpack

Let us know of any specific needs your group has

Learning at Titanic Belfast  

Lessons From The Past, Learning For The Future.

Learning at Titanic Belfast  

Lessons From The Past, Learning For The Future.