We have been having lots of fun learning all about pirates over the last few weeks. Last week we made pirate ships outside and acted out some fun pirate stories.
First we collected some resources for our ship. We found tubes, poles, fabric, pegs, net, crates and even treasure chests!
The children then made up a pirate story:
“Arr we’re the Pirates.”
“We’re good pirates and bad pirates.”
The Pirates decided if they were good or bad Pirates.
“Are you a good pirate or a bad pirate?”
“I’m a bad pirate I tell you walk the plank!”
“But I can’t swim!”
“The sharks will eat you!”
Suddenly a shark came along…
“I’m a shark!”
“We get you shark, trap you in the net!”
“In our trap!”
“Oh I’m trapped, I’m going to escape!”
The pirates then went on a hunt for some treasure and found an empty treasure chest.
Luckily the the pirates found some gold for their treasure chest and put it in their ship.
“Lots of treasure”
“Let’s hide it”
Just as the pirates made plans to hide their treasure, along came a bad pirate!
“I’m a bad pirate arrrr”
“Oh no, she’s a bad pirate”
“I’m gonna get the treasure”
With a little help the bad pirate took the treasure!
The good pirates tried to get the treasure back but the bad pirate hid it in the trap!
The pirates then needed to draw a map so they knew where to find the treasure. They collected some paper and started their maps.
One of the pirates then decided to put their message in a bottle to send to other Pirates. She collected a bottle from the workshop inside and added her message.
I wonder who will find the treasure next?
What were we learning?
In their play children developed their imaginative language, speaking and listening skills, imaginative play and sharing their ideas with others.
They built on each other’s ideas to keep their play going.
Children then added mark making to their play drawing and writing messages and maps.
How can you continue this learning at home?
Provide children with pencils and paper to encourage writing and drawing in their play.
Encourage children to use things around them to extend their play and ideas.
Give children open-ended resources like cardboard boxes to develop their imaginative skills.