Pirate Adventures for Primary Pupils at The Marches

A group of 20 Year 5 pupils from Holy Trinity C of E Primary School recently attended The Marches School to be entertained by a group of pirates. The Marches regularly hosts pupils from partner primary schools for educational visits, but this time around the children had a very different experience.

As part of their course, the current trainee teachers at The Marches were asked to plan a primary project that would be both entertaining and stimulating, ensuring that the children were able to learn whilst having fun. To this end, the trainees spent a whole day planning a cross-curriculum, pirate-themed experience for the children.

The group from Holy Trinity were met at reception by a fierce-looking bunch of piratical practitioners who took them up to the Science and Design Technology departments, where they studied cannon fire and learnt all about raft building. During this time, the children explored different ways to make a raft and then redesigned their own crafts to make them better able to float.

Next, it was off to another buccaneer-based session, one that encompassed English, PE, Modern Foreign Languages and Drama. Here, the group looked at the key descriptive words that could be used for a pirate, learnt Spanish words to describe their actions and studied their typical clothing, before closing the session with a dance to pirate-themed music.

Over in Computer Science and Maths, the children learnt about coordinates and how to create a map, then put their new knowledge into action by completing a treasure hunt. The last session of the day covered Geography and History where the pupils were given a chance to look at the background and legacy of pirates. In the end, the feedback from the primary school staff was excellent and the children thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Rob Collier, Professional Mentor at The Marches School commented, “For the trainee teachers it was a very worthwhile exercise. They explored learning in a cross-curricula way and worked collaboratively with our primary teaching partners to promote creativity in the classroom.”

Emily Thorley, a trainee teacher at The Marches School, called it “a totally OARsome day!”, noting that she had a huge amount of empathy with primary teachers: “They need so much energy to keep the children engaged all day and it is really interesting to see how enthusiastic Year 5 children are to learn, and to understand how to encourage that enthusiasm when they come up to Year 7.”


Posted by marchesadmin on 2nd March 2016, under Uncategorized

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