Stories from the Sea: Pirates is a website designed especially for the UK curriculum and covers ages from FS to upper KS2. The resources have been compiled by the Arts Council England, the National Maritime Museum, the Department for Education, Tide and Time and the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology service.
“Stories from the Sea supports teachers to develop children’s skills in writing by inspiring them to explore our local and national maritime past through world-class museum collections of objects, paintings and manuscripts, intriguing stories and unforgettable characters. “ (Stories from the Sea)
There is a big collection of pictures of pirate items from the museums around the country, the pictures have explanations in text and some related questions for children to think about and discuss. Blackbeard, the blunderbuss, pieces of eight, the Jolly Roger, Cannons and William Kidd’s Treasure are among the items treated in this manner – there is a lot more!
There are also a large number of pirate themed writing activities as downloadable pdfs: Nautic Alley, Land Ahoy and Where did you get that Hat are among those listed!
Nautic Alley, based on Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, is where pirates stock up on essentials before they go to sea. Where would it be? Why is it a secret? etc – great food for imaginative, creative writing.
There are also three pirate themed films on that page, all created by the Maritime Museum.
Stories from the Sea: Pirates is a huge pirate themed collection useful for all ages. Also, at the bottom of their page, is another very useful collection of links to Pirate pages.