Summer Term Topic
This term our topic is Land Ahoy. The children will be learning all about explorers and pirates. In geography they will be finding out about Sir Francis Drake and the journey he took around the world, identifying the places he visited using maps and learning about compass directions and directional language. In history they will be learning more about the life and achievements of Sir Francis Drake and about some famous pirates from the past. They will be learning about life on board a pirate ship and the different jobs people did on board.
See the Knowledge Organiser below for all the things that children will be learning.
Activity 1 - Sir Francis Drake
Find out about who Sir Francis Drake was using the links below. Can you make a fact file about him? Include the following information:
Can you make a timeline of his life?
Activity 2 - Pirate or Privateer
You have learned a lot about Sir Francis Drake. He was a privateer which is someone who was given permission by the Government to attack and steal from foreign ships.
Goody or Baddy?
Some people think that Drake was a hero and some people think he was a pirate. What do you think? Look at the opinions and evidence on the slides below and make up your mind. Give reasons for your answer.
Activity 3 - Oceans and Continents
You are going to find out more about Sir Francis Drake’s voyages. He was the first person to circumnavigate (that is a big word meaning travel all the way around) the earth.
First we need to find out a bit more about the planet Earth we live on. There are 7 continents and 5 oceans. Listen to the songs that will teach you about them. Then have a look and see if you can find them on the world map.
Can you label all the continents and oceans on the worksheet?
Activity 4 - Drake’s Voyages
Find out more about Sir Francis Drake’s voyages around the world.
Have a look at the map. Where did he travel? Which continents did he visit? Which oceans did he sail?
Activity 5 - Compass Directions
Find out how to read and use a compass. Most phones have a compass app so ask your parents if they can help you use it. Stand in your front room and see if you can find which direction is north, south, east and west. Point the compass towards the window which direction does your window face?
Listen to the song to learn about the directions of the compass. They use some mnemonics to help you remember the order of the compass points.
Can you create your own mnemonic?
Activity 6 - Pirate Life
Find out about about pirates:
Objects from the past can tell us about what life was like and give us evidence about things that happened.
Look at these pirate objects and talk about :
Can you sort the objects into:
1. Things used to attack other ships
2. Things to do with eating and drinking
3. Things that show us what pirates wore
4. Things that pirates stole (loot)
5. Things that help pirates navigate ( find their way)
Activity 7 - Life on Board Ship
There were lots of different jobs to do on a pirate ship. Look at the job description cards on the link below. Then choose a job and write a job description. You can use the template to help you.
If you are going to be a pirate it is important to know the names of the different parts of the ship. Look at the picture below and then have a go at labelling the parts of the ship on the worksheet .
Activity 8- Famous pirates
Discover some famous pirates from the past. What can you find out about them from these different sources?
It wasn’t just men who were pirates. Find out about two famous female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read.