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Pirate Fun

Pirate Fun

We have been having lots of fun learning all about pirates and seasides.

We built a giant pirate ship using our new blocks outside…


We turned our open-ended role-play area into a pirate ship. We added a wheel, hats, fabric for the flags and the water, tubes became telescopes and boxes became treasure chests!


We played lots of pirate board games (check out our post here)


And even made up our own games…


We made up poems about the seaside (check out our post here) 


We had lots of fun with the shells and moon sand. Moon sand looks just like real sand but it easier to mould. Recipe … 4 cups of wholemeal flour, half a cup of baby oil. You can use any oil. More oil will make it more like wet sand and less will make it more powdery.

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We made pirate obstacle courses outside to find the treasure and walk the plank. We had to follow instructions and listen to the positions moving under, over, round and through.



How can you continue learning at home?

  • Play or make your own board games
  • Make your own moon sand (recipe above) or use play sand, add buckets, numbers, cutters, spades, diggers, cars or whatever your child is interested in
  • Make your own obstacle course in the garden, try going down the slide, over the grass, round the tree etc.
  • Use scraps of fabric and empty boxes to make your own pirate ship – a pillowcase makes a great flag, tubes for telescopes and almost anything sparkley can be ‘treasure’!




Pirate Board Games

Pirate Board Games

In nursery we love a competition. At the moment our favourite thing is to get into teams and play board games.


First we had to learn how to play the games. We rolled the dice, counted the spots and moved our character that many. Some children chose to use the numbered dice instead…

We played some games where it was a race to the finish and other games where we had to get the most treasure. We used a number track to keep track of who had the most treasure.


Then we made our own games using maps.

We thought of ideas to write on the cards. We had to think of some ways to add more treasure and some to take treasure away. Both teams were very keen on the idea of taking each others’ treasure!


Next we might need to work on being good winners!


Board games are a great way to teach children lots of skills. We learnt about following instructions, taking turns and working in a team. We learnt lots of maths skills by counting the spots on the dice, matching numbers and amounts and counting on. We thought about whether we needed to add or take away as we picked up the challenge cards. The children even started to work out who would win based on what they rolled.

Why not play board games at home?

Dice or spinner games are great for teaching maths skills. A lot of board games involve counting, turn taking and following instructions and are a fun way to teach children these skills.


Pirate Story Telling


In nursery we have been working on our story telling skills. There are lots of places in our classroom for us to practise our story telling.

We have our story board where we use the pictures to tell a story. We had pirate pictures but Elsa, Ana and Olaf have also arrived due to popular request!

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“Once upon a time Ana lived in a beautiful castle.” “Then Olaf came” “Then Bruce” “Oh no! He wants to eat her!” “Help me Olaf!” “Then once upon a time there was a shark” “He friends now” “Happy ever after” “The End”

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“Once upon a time there was a beautiful fairy called Isabelle. Then she met a duck and then a butterfly. The butterfly flew away” “They went in a cave” “Help me, I flew away” “I’ll help you!” “There was a nice robot, who was friends with the tooth fairy. They found another robot” “They lived happy ever. The End” “Happily ever after”

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We have added some more characters to our block area to encourage the boys to tell stories when they are building.

“We’re pirates on board!” “Hello Captain Chip!” “Hello Captain Fish” “Captain Fish and Chips, hahaha” “All aboard the pirate ship” “Up on the flag” “Naughty pirate, he’s escaping in the car” “The police take him, escaping in the police helicopter” “Aboard the captain” “Aye Aye mate!” “Haha mate” “Walk the plank mate” “Captain says so”

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Some of the children also wrote their stories in their writing journals while other children chose to draw maps or write special messages.

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Do you tell stories at home? 

You could tell stories about your drawings, use your toys to tell stories or dress up and make up stories.

You could even make your own story stones. All you need for story stones are flat(ish) pebbles/rocks and pens or stickers. We use the stickers or draw pictures on the rocks. We have stones with different characters, places or objects on. To make your stones last longer you can paint them with a layer of glue.

Who took the Treasure?


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.




A Message in a Bottle


We received a very exciting letter in Nursery. We are used to receiving messages in the post but this one came in a bottle!


The letter was from Pirate Jake! He wanted us to help him with some special pirate jobs but first we had to answer some questions to see if we were ready!

Jake asked us how old we were, the city we lived in, what we were good at and what we liked to eat.

We worked together to sound out words and write a reply to Pirate Jake. All the children had a turn at writing the letters they knew.



We put our message in a bottle. Luckily one of our teachers was going to the beach so we asked them to send our message back to Jake.


What were we learning? 

We listened for the sounds in words.

We sounded out words to read and write them.

We all had a turn at writing letters.

We shared the letters we knew how to write independently, such as the letters from our name.

You can continue this learning at home writing cards and letters to family and friends.

Building Boats


We have been learning about pirates! 

We decided to make the pirates a new boat. First we thought about the materials we could use. We chose the size we needed then tested the materials to see if they were waterproof. Some of the boys noticed that even though the materials were waterproof some had little holes in so we couldn’t use them for boats.

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We thought about what else our boat might need. L suggested that the boats might need sails. We chose from waterproof materials and cut them to the size we needed. We then used pegs, clips and elastic bands to attach the sails.

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Finally we tested our boats in the water to make sure the Pirates didn’t sink!

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If the boats didn’t work the children worked together to find ways to make them waterproof.


Finally we took them to the water tray to hold the Pirates and their treasure.


What were we learning? 

We investigated materials comparing the different materials for different purposes

We learnt about what waterproof meant

We learnt about floating and sinking

We made choices of how best to attach materials together

We worked together to try and improve our models

What can you do at home? 

Make models from objects around the house such as empty containers

Investigate floating and sinking in the sink or bath

Talk about different materials when choosing clothes for different weathers e.g. choosing a waterproof coat in the rain