EYFS: Listen and Play - Pirates

Today Cat Sandion is thinking about pirates and we hear a story about Captain Whitebeard's search for some mysterious birthday treasure.

Introduction

Key vocabulary: sea, land, sail, captain, crew, pirate, treasure, chest, map, telescope, parrot.

Sound discrimination:
Cat invites the listeners to identify individual sounds: seagulls, waves, wind, waves crashing, storm at sea. She then invites the listeners to imagine that they are on a pirate ship in a rough sea and to lean this way, that way, forwards, backwards!

Rhyme time – When I was One I sucked my thumb!
When I was one, I sucked my thumb
The day I went to sea!
I climbed a-board a pirate ship,
And the captain said to me
We’re going this way, that way, forward and backward, over the Irish Sea
We’re going this way, that way, forward and backward, that’s the life for me!

When I was two, I buckled my shoe
The day I went to sea!
I climbed a-board a pirate ship,
And the captain said to me
‘We’re going this way, that way, forward and backward, over the Irish Sea
We’re going this way, that way, forward and backward, that’s the life for me!’

When I was three, I bashed my knee
The day I went to sea!
I climbed a-board a pirate ship,
And the captain said to me
‘We’re going this way, that way, forward and backward, over the Irish Sea
We’re going this way, that way, forward and backward, that’s the life for me!’

When I was four, I knocked on the door
The day I went to sea!
I climbed a-board a pirate ship,
And the captain said to me
‘We’re going this way, that way, forward and backward, over the Irish Sea
We’re going this way, that way, forward and backward, that’s the life for me!’

When I was five, I learned to dive
The day I went to sea!
I climbed a-board a pirate ship,
And the captain said to me
‘We’re going this way, that way, forward and backward, over the Irish Sea
We’re going this way, that way, forward and backward, that’s the life for me!’

Children can listen the first time and then join in with the actions when the rhyme is repeated.

Story time: Captain Whitebeard’s birthday
To help focus the children’s attention you can use props such as play-people, toys and puppets to represent the characters - eg a pirate, a cat, a parrot, a ‘secret’ book, a cook’s hat, a bowl, a spoon, a ‘treasure chest’ containing balloons, party hats, birthday cards and a birthday cake. On second listening, encourage the children to retell the story using the props to help with the story sequence.

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