Next term our topic is going to be pirates. Today we came up with a list of things we would like to find out about pirates and below I have put some activities for the children to get them started with answering them. Try and have a go at at least two of these over the holdiays.
- Write a factfile about a real or imaginary pirate. This could include what they look like, where they are from, what they are famous from.
- Come up with your own pirate name (add a the and an adjective to your own name) Captain Keith the mighty and write a diary for a day of your life. What are you doing? Are you marooned? Have you found some treasure?
You could record these as pictures or through writing.
- Can you find out why things float? Make a boat of different sizes. Place some coins into the boat. Is there a shape that works best to keep the coins floating?
- It is hard to get all the food you need on a pirate ship. Can you find out what foods we need to eat to stay healthy? Plan a pirate meal, you could try making it with help. What did you include to stay fit an healthy aboard?
- Each pirate has their own flag design. Create a flag to fly above your ship and scare your enemies. What materials could you use? You could make a collage of different colours and patterns or fabric (check if need help for this).
- Pirates used maps to get around. Design a map (you could mark some treasure on it) to help you navigate. Try to include a grid so that you can use coordinates.
There are lots of really good stories linked to the sea. I can recommend the following, if you would like some extra reading over the holiday.
- Robinson Crusoe (a classic tale of being trapped on a desert island – there are good children’s versions of this story) for confident readers.
- Treasure Island (about a pirate called Long John Silver, again there are children’s versions of this story) for confident readers.
- The lighthouse keepers lunch by Ronda Armitage (this is a series of books based around a lighthouse).
- The snail and the whale by Julia Donaldson (a fun book to read aloud).
- The pirates next door by Jonny Duddle.
Finally another really important question I would like the children try and find out the answer to over the holidays is… Why are pirates called pirates?