Ahoy, maties! Pupils dress up as pirates to mark return to school

The students were treated to a pirate-themed week on their return to school

The students were treated to a pirate-themed week on their return to school - Credit: Worlingworth CEVC Primary School

Youngsters at Worlingworth Primary School learned sea shanties and went on treasure hunts as they dressed up as pirates to mark their first week back in the classroom.

Pupils returning to school on Monday arrived to discover the playground had been transformed into a pirate area complete with its own plank.

Students were taught sea shanties and went on a treasure hunt in their first week back

Students were taught sea shanties and went on a treasure hunt in their first week back - Credit: Worlingworth CEVC Primary School

Teachers said they introduced activities such as flag designing and making pirate ships because they wanted to ease anxiety and make the students' first week back after lockdown memorable.

Head of school Sophie Savage, who was known as Captain Cabbage Savage for the week, said: "We have run a number of pirate Zoom sessions, including joke telling, story sharing to bring the community back together.

The youngsters enjoyed an exciting first week back in fancy dress

The youngsters enjoyed an exciting first week back in fancy dress - Credit: Worlingworth CEVC Primary School

"We wanted to take this opportunity to give the pupils practical lessons, which they have missed out on at home.


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"By giving the children something to look forward to, it has helped reduce any anxiety about the return to school."

Headteacher Victoria Gascoyne-Cecil, who adopted the name Sea-Dog Cecil, added: "We wanted the children to come back to school excited and ready to learn.

The school's playground was transformed into a pirate area

The school's playground was transformed into a pirate area - Credit: Worlingworth CEVC Primary School

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"We thought one of special theme weeks would help bring learning to life, whilst giving the pupils the chance to develop key learning and social skills. 

"We are so incredibly proud of the way our pupils have adapted to both online and face to face learning this year. They have shown incredible resilience and positivity throughout the pandemic. 

The pirate week was designed to ease anxiety about the return to the classroom

The pirate week was designed to ease anxiety about the return to the classroom - Credit: Worlingworth CEVC Primary School

"It was important for the key worker and vulnerable pupils, who have been in school all term to feel that the return of all pupils to school was something to celebrate."

The school had been closed to most students since early January

The school had been closed to most students since early January - Credit: Worlingworth CEVC Primary School


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