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Barrow Hedges Primary School

Pirates Ahoy! - Autumn 1

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The children were very excited to learn more about pirates and islands after learning about sharks and the other animals in the sea, in our topic 'Don't Eat the Teacher!' 

The teachers introduced the theme 'Pirates Ahoy!' For this topic we (the children) are learning to play cooperatively in a group to tell stories and to ask and answer questions. 

On Monday we came into our classrooms and couldn't believe our eyes. We found some muddy footprints and some clues as to who might have left them there!

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We found a spade; could it be a builder with dirty boots? Could it be a Gardener? We found some treasure; we decided that we could use the treasure to buy things. Finally, we found a map. We decided that a map could help us find our way. We asked lots of questions: Who left the clues behind? Where did they come from? Why did they leave the spade, map and treasure at our school?  What should we do with them?


After lots of talking and thinking, we decided that Pirates might have been to school and that the 'muddy' footprints were actually from "Octopus squid ink!" (Good thinking Tayla!) 

The next day a real life pirate came to our school. We had lots of questions to ask. We learnt that questions start with words like, 'Who?', 'Where?', 'What?', 'Why?' and 'When?'

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The visiting pirate told us that Captain Blackbeard was trying to snatch her treasure. She didn't want Captain Blackbeard to get it because he isn't very good at sharing! We promised to hide her treasure and keep it safe. We also promised that we would find Captain Blackbeard and ask him to share fairly. 

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We went on a pirate hunt to find that pesky pirate! We learnt the poem 'Going on a Pirate Hunt' using pictures and actions.


We learnt to tell the story of 'Going on a Pirate Hunt' using language from the poem and by using our own words. Here are some of our stories. Our teachers wrote them down for us.



We made up pirate stories everywhere; outside in the 'Theatre', in the construction area after building a big pirate ship, at the small world table and in our role-play areas. We had so much fun telling our pirate stories. We never did find that pesky pirate though! 

Continuous provision and activities to support our learning: 



Look at our work! 



Now we can ask and answer questions and tell stories with our friends, playing cooperatively in a group.