WATERSIDE Primary School in Hythe has become the first ever ‘Positive Pirate’ school!

Positive Pirates understand what the most valuable ‘treasures’ in life are; they know they are not possessions that need to be taken from others, hidden away, or held onto, rather they are skills or qualities that you may already have, or can develop, and they are most valuable when they are used and shared with others.

Working closely with author, Share D’All, children in years 3 – 6 have been using the book ‘Positive Pirates’ to better understand the true value of key qualities and behaviours such as responsibility, reasoning, reflection, resilience, resourcefulness, and aspiring and have been looking at how they can be developed, used, and shared to make life and the world they live in better.

Headteacher Emma Moakes said “We have been thrilled with the opportunities for learning the book has provided. Each assembly is followed with an in-class discussion supported by question ideas and prompts. The children are able to link the characters and their experiences to school and their own lives and learning. I have been really impressed with how the children have listened and responded to the stories. The positive pirates and their treasures have become an important part of our learning vocabulary and feature in every aspect of our curriculum. Children aspire to being ‘like’ the positive pirates, sharing their important treasures and we have found ways to make this relevant to all year groups throughout the school."

The book, set over 200 years ago when not-so-positive pirates still sailed the seas, is the first in a series. It follows a group of young people who join forces to turn the idea of pirates and treasure upside down. They join the team by sharing what their treasure is and explaining how it has helped them improve their own life in very practical ways. Then, once they become a team, they discover that using the treasures together can have even more of an impact."



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