KS2 English - Treasure Island: Episode 4

4. The voyage and the apple barrel

The Hispaniola sets sail for the Caribbean and the voyage is largely uneventful.

Jim becomes firm friends with Long John Silver and his parrot, which is named Captain Flint after the infamous pirate.

Neither Jim, Squire Trelawney, Dr Livesey or Captain Smollett has any inkling of the terrible truth about Long John Silver and his crew.

On the very evening that the Hispaniola arrives near the island marked by the treasure map, Jim reaches into an apple barrel on deck and then falls inside. Jim then listens in horror as Silver and the crew discuss how they intend to take control of the ship that night and murder Squire Trelawney.

At that moment the sailors spy land and in the commotion Jim slips away to warn the others that they are in immediate danger.

Teacher Notes

This series can be used to increase pupils' familiarity with a broad range of texts and narratives, including myths, legends and traditional stories and to make connections between these and other stories they are familiar with.

It will also support a broad range of writing objectives.

Curriculum Notes

This series is relevant for teaching English at KS2, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, and at First and Second Level in Scotland.

5. Escape to the island and Ben Gunn
6. The stockade and the pirates attack
7. A fight and the Hispaniola captured