Touch the Past
Key Stages 1&2
National Curriculum Links: En1 1a – 1f, 2a – 2f, 3a – 3e, En2 1a,b,d,f,k,l, 2c,
En3 1a-f, 2a-d, 4a-f
Main Subject Focus: English
Be able to offer their own opinions, listen carefully and respond thought-
fully to the comments of others.
• Have an understanding of Morse Code and how it was used.
Be able to write their name and a short sentence using Morse Code.
‘Morse Code & The Titanic’ Information Sheet and ‘Code Sheet’.
• Morse Keys or torches.
Pencils and paper
Read the Morse Code & Telegraph Information Sheet to the children and
show them the ‘Code Sheet’.
2. Divide the group into 2 teams and ask the children to help their team
members use the Morse code key or the torches to tap out their names
in Morse code.
3. When each child has spelt their name, tell them they are now going to
send a secret message to the other team using Morse. It may help to
write their message down first and then translate into Morse. Encour-
age the children to keep the message short – no more than 4 or 5
Each team should write the message down and then check with the
other team they have the message correct.
Telegraph operators would rarely spell out messages in full; they have
a series of 1-4 letter codes for commonly used messages, (e.g. CQD
(Attention! Urgent! Response required) DE (this is) MGY (Titanic)– the
emergency message sent by Titanic radio Operator Jack Phillips.)
• Ask the children to create their own codes and code books and try
sending secret messages to each other.