Today we began our Pirate activities. It was a grim day but that did not deter our hearty crews from having lots of fun.
We have 4 Pirate crews and 4 exciting challenges – today was the day when the crew of the Golden Dawn became Ship’s cooks for the day. We learned that pirates on sailing ships didn’t have fridges or freezers and that the stuff they had to eat was pretty disgusting. Hard Tack, or ships biscuits were often all they had to eat and they were sometimes infested with wee wormy things called weevils. Our challenge was to make enough ship’s biscuits to provide rations for all 4 pirate crews. We set to work with a will – the biscuits themselves were provided by Tesco at a very reasonable price of 4 dubloons and the ship’s cooks jazzed them up with some lovely green mould (icing) and some wiggly weevils (strawberry laces). We had to work hard as there were many pirate mouths to feed.
After all our hard graft we were feeling slightly peckish ourselves, so we went out to the campfire – which miraculously despite the rain, was still alight- and we toasted some marshmallows. Cooks’ privileges! They were yummy!
The crew of the Fiery Parrot were challenged to build a waterproof shelter, and under the watchful eye of Captain Elisabeth, they scoured the island for building materials. Fortunately some pallets, ropes and tarpaulins had washed up on the shore and they also found some car tyres- (a bit miraculous as cars hadn’t been invented!) Both morning and afternoon crews made fantastic shelters which “…are really waterproof”. They included lots of cunning inventions like spy holes and also an alarm that told you when there were sharks or whales coming! When their shelter was finished they all piled in and told stirring pirate tales!
The end result was fantastic!
In the morning the crew of the Emerald Raider, and in the afternoon the crew of the Black Pearl, went fishing with Captain Julie and Captain Lauren. Their pirate camp was by the rocks, near the No-expense-spared Lagoon. There were lots of fish in the lagoon and when the children caught them, they found that they all had different numbers on. They then had to get the fish back to the camp, across a piranha infested river and give them to their crew mates who had to take 2 each. The crew mates then had to make a sum with the numbers. It could be addition or subtraction. They wrote their sums on a special pirate blackboard which had, very fortunately, washed up on the shore, complete with chalk! It was good fun and the crew took turns at fishing and doing the maths!
Our last challenge was a literary one – the crew had to put their pirate heads together and come up with characters and a good plot for a pirate story. In the morning, the crew of the Black Pearl became Pirate story tellers with Mrs Chambers, and in the afternoon the crew of the Emerald Raider wrote an amazing pirate tale with Ms Coleman.
We had been hoping for dressing up and role play and the trunk of props and costumes was all ready, but the rain was so heavy, the storytelling pirates had to cram into a wee pirate hideaway where there was no room to move. This did not hamper the creativity though, and both crews wrote absolutely amazing Pirate Tales, which were read to everyone as they ate their rations at the end of our adventure. The children were all keen to give their ideas and Mrs Chambers and Ms Coleman had to write very, very quickly. We are going to make a special book of Pirate Tales at the end of our adventure from the 8 stories we will have, and we will put copies of it into the Active Learning Zone for P1 and the Nursery Book Corner so we can read them over and over.
What a brilliant adventure – we can’t wait till next week where we will all try a different challenge!