Pirate Attack at Repton Preparatory School
One of England’s most prestigious independent schools – Foremarke Hall Repton Preparatory School in South Derbyshire – provided the venue last week for Captain Rocky Cliff’s latest pirate themed workshop.
Year One teacher Melanie Owen commented ‘We may be a long way from the sea but this didn’t stop a real pirate coming to Foremarke Hall on Wednesday to spend the day with the Year One children. To launch our Creative Curriculum topic this term, “Galleons and Rockets”, Pirate Rocky Cliff spent the morning telling us fascinating facts about real life pirates. For instance, did you know that pirates never made prisoners walk the plank? Or that they never buried their treasure? We learnt how to play pirate games such as quoits and skittles and even had a go at walking the plank blindfolded across shark infested water!
After a hearty lunch each child was given their very own pirate name, such as “One Eyed Annie” before undertaking the challenge of locating the hidden treasure. By finding various objects and then reading the clues the “loot” was finally tracked down in Pre-Prep and much enjoyment was had to discover that pirates bury sweets and chocolate!
The afternoon ended with a very brave pirate Rocky Cliff being placed in the pillory and having wet sponges thrown at him. Each child also made essential pirate attire, such as a cutlass and pirate hat.
A huge thank you to Pirate Rocky Cliff from www.pirateattack.co.uk and to all the parents for the fabulous pirate costumes that the children wore. It was a fantastic day and we have no doubt that the “little pirates” slept very well in their hammocks afterwards!’
Pirate Attack’s Captain Rocky Cliff will be returning to Repton next year. Ooh Arrr!
For pictures click on the school’s own website here.