Pirates Ahoy is a fun interactive presentation exploring the golden age of piracy in the late 17th century. The session presents a unique learning opportunity for groups and is led by an experienced member of the education team in costume. It begins with a hearty welcome and an invitation to dress up as a pirate!
This activity is also suitable for children at reception level (ages 4 and 5).
Workshops are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm.
During the session pupils will learn that piracy is an ancient and mostly unromantic occupation. The session uses a model sailing ship and other replica objects to illustrate the various jobs and hazards of being a pirate. Pupils learn about the different types of pirates, buccaneers, privateers and female pirates.
The session also explains the different parts of the ship including the sails and rigging. Pupils learn about the roles on board the ship including that of the captain. Everyday life on board the ship is explored including where the pirates slept, what they ate, the creatures they shared their meals with and where they went to the toilet.
The children take part in different activities throughout the session including singing sea shanties, scrubbing the decks and pulling up the anchor. The session concludes with a pirates quiz and an opportunity to search for treasure.
Pupils will be introduced to: