PSHE KS2: 5. Green Beard’s treasure… or Why are we here?
Pirate Moll leads a crew of scallywags on an adventure to find Green Beard’s hidden treasure. Along the way they face the trickiest question of all: ‘Why are we here?’
The episode is 15 minutes long and has three parts. You can listen to it straight through, or pause after each section to engage with the classroom activities and discussions.
You may wish to ask some of these questions after listening to each part of the story:
What can we notice about these questions:
- Why do I have to come to school?
- Why do I have to be healthy?
- Why do I have to do homework?
- Why is it Wednesday?
- Why is the sky blue?
Ask the person next to you a ‘why’ question. What is their answer like?
Fed up with their quest, the pirates start to question why it is that they do what they do.
- Do we have to have a reason for doing what we do?
- What makes pirates pirates? Is it something they do or something they just are?
- Could you still be a pirate if all you did was stay at home and watch TV all day?
Here are the answers which the pirates give to the question ‘Why are we here?’ What do you think of them? Are any of them good answers? Which? Why?
- We’re here for treasure!
- We’re here because the sky is blue.
- We’re here to make the world a better place.
- We’re here to have fun.
- We’re here to be good to one another.
- We’re here because we are not there.
- We’re here to look after and protect the planet for the next generation.
I’m here because I’m a pirate and I want to be the best pirate I can be and looking for treasure is what pirates do!
Do all ‘why’ questions have an answer? Does it matter?
- Why do you think the stone moved at the end of the story?
You could try:
- Looking at all the different kinds of ‘wh’ questions: who, what, where, why and when and discussing the difference between them. What is special about ‘why’ questions?
- Looking at the difference between open and closed questions before making up an interview for a partner based on a selection of each.
- Asking a ‘why’ question, then asking another ‘why’ question about the answer. Keep going until you can’t go any further!
- Asking pupils to make a list of ‘why’ questions they want to find an answer to and then encouraging them to try to find answers which satisfy them.
- Re-enacting Part 3 in class, with students making up their own suggested answers to the question ‘Why are we here?’
- Asking students to write the story of Green Beard’s treasure in their own words.