Package 1-2: Year 3 to Year 6 Pirate School

Learn how to become a pirate with an entertaining video made with the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Week 2- Package 2- Yr 3 to Yr 6 Pirate School

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task

Ideal Back up

Australian National Maritime Museum- Pirate School video

How to make a pirate hat (video)

Bandana, small bath towel or tea towel

Definitive History of the Pirates

Any suitable child friendly informative website on pirates

Blank sheets of paper or workbook

Pencils or pens

Pencils are best, but can use any other writing tools such as textas, pens or crayons.

Venn diagram worksheet

Blank paper

Before you start

Make sure your child has everything ready that they will need at the start of the lesson.

Check that the videos are working and that the volume is turned up on your device.

Discuss with your child:

  • Can you name any pirates? Are they fiction or non-fictional? Think about the fictional ones in movies.

  • Why do you think there are pirates? What would be the positive and negative aspects of being a pirate?

What your child needs to know and do

  1. Watch the Pirate School video.

  1. Talk about the interesting things that you found out from watching the video.

  2. List 10 things that you think of when you hear the word pirate. Write them down in a workbook or piece of paper.

What to do next

  1. Go to the website List of Famous Pirates and choose one pirate that you would like to explore further.

  2. Answer the research questions on your chosen pirate, either on a print out of the worksheet (available below) or on a blank piece of paper.

  3. From the information that you have discovered create a ‘Fakebook’ page (worksheet available below). For the areas that you are unsure of, use your imagination.

What to do next

  1. Have another household member join in with you.

  2. Create a prop for your dance either by finding a bandana, tea towel or old shirt. Or follow these instructions to make a pirate hat.

Options for your child

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

Rather than researching the pirate, read over the information together and verbally ask your child the questions. Ask your child to verbalise the answers to what could go on the ‘Fakebook’ page,

Choose two pirates to research and write a list of similarities and differences between them.

Find a suitable piece of music and choreograph your own pirate dance.

  1. Extend the learning

Getting to Know a Famous Pirate

Choose ONE pirate from the list and answer the following questions in full

sentences about your chosen pirate.

A full sentence is a sentence that includes the question and answer in it for example-

Q- What is the day today?

A-Today the day is Monday.

1. What other name(s) did your pirate have?

2. What nationality was your pirate?

3. Why did this person become a pirate?

4. Where did your pirate pursue his or her adventures? Find a map to show this area.

5. Whom did your pirate associate with?

6. What happened to your pirate?

7. Discuss two-three different situations or things your pirate is famous for?

8. What was the Code of Conduct for your pirate?

9. Does your pirate have any famous quotes or sayings?

10. Where and when was your pirate born? When and how did your pirate die?

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