The Jolley-Rogers - a pirate family, are moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town. Stopping to fix up their ship, this unusual family get the whole neighbourhood spreading rumours. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda from next door decides to become friends with the youngest pirate son. When the Jolley-Rogers leave, the town discovers they were wrong to assume the worst - the pirate clan have buried treasure in everyone's gardens. Matilda feels sad until she discovers her own treasure - an incredibly exciting new pen friend.
Write a persuasive letter to the council from the point of view of one of the residents of Dull-on-Sea, in which they explain how they feel about the arrival of this strange family.
Write a note from Tilda to Jim Lad after he has moved on to a new place.
Plan and write a story about a new adventure that the Jolley-Rogers have.
Imagine that Tilda stowed away on the Jolley-Rogers’ ship when they left. Write a diary entry from her point of view.
Write some thank you (or apology) letters from the residents of Dull-on-Sea to the pirate family.
Write a newspaper article about the unexpected gifts.
The population of Dull-on-Sea is 2222 and the average age is 67. Can you find out these statistics for towns and cities in your local area? Could you use this information to create graphs, charts and word problems?
Design a game with a pirate theme.
Create a model of the Jolley-Rogers’ ship.
Look at the illustration on the first two pages of the story. Can you create your own picture to show what a place looks like in summer and in winter?
Draw an illustrated (and labelled) cross-section of the Jolley-Rogers’ ship.
Practise drawing pirates using the tips in this video:
Can you find and sing some sea shanties?
Could you compose your own pirate sea shanty?
Create a map of Dull-on-Sea and add labels to show the locations of the places mentioned in the story. Can you add your own ideas too?
Can you find out more about the history of pirates?
Dull-on-Sea is twinned with ‘Ennui-sur-Mer’. Can you find out what this means?
Mrs Bevan collects a petition with the signatures of people who want the pirates to go away. What is a petition? What impact do they have? Could you find a petition that you might be interested in ‘signing’? If you could set up a petition about something, what would it be?
The pirates leave something nice for the residents of Dull-on-Sea. Can you think of other ways that they could have shown the people that pirates ‘aren’t so bad’? Could the residents have responded to the arrival of the pirates in a different way?