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Pirates Autumn 2


The children will become pirates during this unit of work. They will looking at the book 'Treasure Island' and creating their very own play scripts!



To begin our topic we will be studying ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. We will be looking at the features of play scripts and turning the book into a play. We will even get the chance to act out our own play script!


We will be also be writing our own exciting pirate adventure stories and studying sea shanties. We will use these stories in Art to create a comic strip of the exciting events.



In autumn 2, we will be looking at multiplication and division how to use a range of different formal written methods such as the grid method and short division.

The children will be introduced to fractions counting in tenths and recognising, finding and writing fractions from a range of different objects.


Learning Opportunities

This topic will focus on learning all about pirates – their ships, life on board, the crew, treasure and famous pirates. We are going to aim to transform our classroom into our very own Treasure Island to act out our play scripts in. We will be using this knowledge combined with our very own pirate tales to create colourful comic strips to visually show the events of our stories!


Our computing curriculum will begin to introduce coding, using the program ‘scratch’ to help the children build their understanding and confidence in this area. In science, we will be looking at forces and magnets before moving on to looking at the topic of Light.


How can you help?

Parents can support by reading a variety of pirate stories and play scripts, looking at the features. Please also collect any old boxes (as large as possible!) so we can create lots of pirate artefacts! The CBBC programme ‘Swashbuckle’ is a great hook for the children! Some excellent pirate facts