Percy the Pirate

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By Colin West

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

Before reading

  • 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?
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  1. shakira
    on 23 March 2015

    best story ever

    Loved little pirate . I think you could add in some more information