Percy the Pirate
1 January 2009Add to My Folder
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This poem, by Colin West, is perfect for reading aloud as it has such a catchy rhythm. It features simile and alliteration as well as a simple but strong rhyming pattern. It provides exciting starting points for the children’s own story writing, poetry and art work.
Shared teaching and learning
- Find out what the children think pirates are like. Ask them to quickly draw a labelled picture of a pirate. Discuss their ideas. List adjectives that would describe pirates. What jobs did they have to do? Ask each child to write a definition of the word pirate.
- What names do the children think would be suitable for pirates? Captain Hook’s crew, for example, were Cecco, Bill Jukes, Cookson, Gentleman Starkey, Skylights, Mullins, Noodler and Smee.
- Discuss the poem’s title. Why is the name Percy not a typical pirate name? Do they find the title funny?