Off the Page will take up to 60 children and recreate life on board the pirate ship, The Revenge! Off the Page provides valuable learning opportunities for pupils through a combination of role-play, practical activities and hands on experience with facsimile artefacts. The school hall will become the pirate ship, and the pupils will take the roles of the ship’s crew.


Off the Page will bring all the equipment and materials needed to set up workshops in your hall. The school needs to provide tables and adult supervisors. The atmosphere will be created by using drama and role-play, facsimile items etc.. The tables will be covered to protect them. The workshops normally include:

  • Making winches with the ship’s carpenter
  • Eye patches
  • Pirate flags
  • Doubloons
  • Making a pocket for treasure
  • Drawing maps
  • Tying Knots
  • Working in the galley preparing the ship’s biscuits

Role Play

  • Manning the sails
  • Swabbing the decks
  • Steering the ship
  • Look Out & much, much more….

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Afternoon Session

During the afternoon session the young pirates will be put through their paces, learning the parts of the ship, working as a team and hunting for treasure. Just before we set sail for home, stories and shanties will be shared!

Details of this and further information about the day are included in a booklet which is sent out prior to a booking. All the History Off the Page providers are experienced teachers and storytellers who enjoy working with large groups of children. Generally there will be at least one story told during the day.