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The passenger steam ship RMS Titanic was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland and, at 270 metres long, it was the biggest ship of its day. Click here for an interesting video on "How big was the Titanic and how was it built". On the 15th April 1912, on its very first voyage, the ship collided with an iceberg and sank. More than 1500 people drowned.
You will find a ebook story called "The Titanic Survivor" by Paul Shipton on the Oxford Owl website. It's about a real boy, Harold Bride, who survived the Titanic disaster. You will have to register with an email address, but it's well worth it as there are around 250 free ebooks for children up to the age of 11. When you open the above link, click on "Reading" then "250 ebooks" then on the "Age 7-9" category. After you read the book together you might like to talk with your child about the story - here are some questions from Oxford Owl to help you.
For some fascinating first hand accounts from survivors (using their actual words, but played by actors) click here.
If you get a chance you might like to take your children to Titanic Belfast, a great visitor experience.
Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.
Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing.
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