KS2 English - Treasure Island: Episode 7

7. A fight and the Hispaniola captured

Jim cannot sleep. He knows something needs to be done, but he's not sure what.

He slips away in the night, making his way towards the shore. He finds an old boat that Ben Gunn had told him about and rows out to the Hispaniola. He can hear the two pirates left on board - O'Brien and Hands - arguing, so he ties up along the ship, cuts the anchor rope to set the ship adrift, and waits for morning.

When Jim climbs on board the next morning he finds that Hands has killed O'Brien during their argument the previous night and that Hands is also badly wounded.

Jim goes below deck to get Hands a drink. While he does so Hands conceals a knife in his coat pocket, ready for Jim's return.

When Jim comes up on deck once more Hands makes a lunge at him. Jim climbs the mast and Hands pursues him. Jim is carrying a gun and at the final moment Jim shoots and Hands falls from the mast to the sea. Jim has killed him.

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.

8. The pirates parley and the black spot
9. An empty pit and Ben Gunn's surprise
10. Silver escapes and the heroes return