This program transposes school subjects into pirate equivalents as students undertake a series of fun activities to earn their pirate name and pirate licence! Yarr! Students, parents and teachers are encouraged to dress like pirates for the day.

Curriculum references (NSW)

PDHPE Stage ES1 and stage 1 STAGES ES1, 1
addition & subtraction

Program structure

Pirate School

Students swap their school subjects for lessons in how to become a fully-fledged pirate! At the pirate school Mathematics becomes counting treasure, English becomes speaking like a pirate and hearing pirate tales, PE becomes learning a pirate jig and so on - activities vary depending on the age of the students. Museum teacher guides dress up and have pirate personas for the duration of the program.

Treasure Hunt

Students embark on a hunt around the museum and on a vessel to look for the treasure of the pirate school principal, Black-Heart Boris. Along the way they learn the finer points of following a map, looking for clues and find the elusive 'X' that marks the spot where the treasure sits! At the end of the program students are awarded their own pirate licence to take home and decorate - a small portion of the treasure is even entrusted to the teachers to distribute back at school!

Booking information

Duration: 120 minute session for an Educator led tour 
Cost: $225 per group with a maximum of 15 students
Ratio: A supervisor/student ratio of 1:15 applies.

Teachers and supervising adults visit FREE of charge within the ratios specified in Plan Your School Visit.

More information

  • A supervisor/student ratio of 1:15 applies.
  • Duration and start/finish times: contingent upon student numbers and will be arranged and explained during booking.
  • Breaks: you're welcome to take recess or lunch at the museum before or after the program, but mid-program breaks must be arranged at time of booking.
  • Entry to exhibitions and vessels: all bookings include FREE entry to museum exhibitions and HMAS Vampire, time permitting. All other vessels require pre-booking. A supervisor/student ratio of 1:15 applies on HMAS Vampire.