When we had arrived at treasure island there was a game of pin the buckle on the pirate. Some children made paper boats to float on the water. Staff and children alike were made to walk the plank (made from the balancing beams) over the shark infested water. Canon throwing was a game of tea bags tipped in paint to throw (carefully!) at targets.
We had many pirate themed stories although some had to be adapted from other books such as, “Going on a Bear Hunt” became “Going on a Pirate hunt”. The story “Whatever next” where the bear flies to the moon, was changed to a bear sailing to the island to meet pirates.
At snack time, which was in the garden most days, we had bananas made into ships, with apples and biscuit to make the sails.
Of course there have been many other non-pirate related activities taking place this week. All of the children have planted a sunflower seed to take home and we hope that you will be able to help them to water them and see how tall they can grow. We would love to see photographs of your child next to their sunflowers as they grow.
Transport has been a popular theme this week. The airport with small aeroplanes has been played with most days, the cars and trains are always popular and a group of children set out the chairs together to make a bus to go on a visit to a museum.
The children have enjoyed marching round the garden with musical instruments and have been trying out new rhythms as they march in time.
On Thursday we had a surprise Ofsted inspection. We were very proud of the children who chatted confidently to the inspector and happily showed her what they were doing. We look forward to sharing the report with you when it is released in a few weeks time.
Words we have learned this week:
Pirate words - which seems to mean putting arrrrrrrr at the end of every sentence
Ideas to continue this week's fun at home:
Making treasure maps to find small items in your home.
Changing the words of favourite stories to make them pirate, or princess, or any other theme that your child enjoys. It is a good way to encourage them to look at how stories are structured and is great fun too.