Essential Information

Key Stage Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
School Subject History, Literacy
Resource Type Classroom activity

Stories from the Sea: Pirates

Welcome to the merciless and thieving world of pitiless pirates, full of flintlock pistols, pieces-of-eight and Jolly Rogers – and plenty of fodder for great story writing. Here you will find films, activities, objects and images, a booklist and links to talk about pirates and inspire writing.

Stories from the Sea supports teachers to develop children’s skills in writing by inspiring them to explore our local and national maritime past through world-class museum collections of objects, paintings and manuscripts, intriguing stories and unforgettable characters. 

Pirate films

How can you act like a Pirate?

Live like a Pirate

Calico Jack and Pirate Treasure


Pirate Resources

Click on the names below for a description and to download the files for free

Pirate Objects

A gallery of fearsome pirates and everything they need for swashing, buckling and sailing the seven seas.

Historic Pirates

These examples of historic Pirates are the subject of more than a few hair raising tales

Book list 

Tales and facts to make you shiver your timbers.

  • Jolly Roger & The Pirates Of Abdul The Skinhead – Colin McNaughton
  • Blackbeard the Pirate – Victor G Ambrus
  • The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch – Ronda and David Armitage
  • The Pirate Cruncher – Jonny Duddle
  • Pirate Things To Make & Do – Rebecca Gilpin (Usborne Activities)
  • Pirate Gran – Geraldine Durrant
  • Pirate Gran Goes For Gold – Geraldine Durrant
  • Pirate Gran & The Monsters – Geraldine Durrant
  • Pirates Love Underpants – Clare Freedman
  • The Pirates Next Door – Jonny Duddle
  • The Night Pirates – Peter Harris
  • Mrs Pirate – Nick Sharratt
  • Captain Flinn & The Pirate Dinosaurs – Giles Andreae & Russell Ayto
  • Pirate Girl – Kersten Meyer & Chantal Wright
  • Scarlet Silver: The Impossible Island – Sarah McConnell
  • How I Became A Pirate – Melinda Long & David Shannon
  • Scarlett Silver: Freda the Fearless – Sarah McConnell
  • Pirateology: The Pirate Hunter’s Companion – Dugald Steer
  • Caribbean Pirates: A Treasure Chest of Fact, Fiction & Folklore – George Beahm
  • Lives of the Pirates: Swashbucklers & Scoundrels – Kathleen Krull
  • Everything I Know About Pirates – Tom Lichtenheld
  • Pirate Soul – Pat Croce
  • The Book of Pirates – Jamaica Rose & Captain Michael MacLeod
  • Pirates – John Matthews
  • The Pirate Primer: Mastering The Language of Swashbucklers & Rogues – George Choundas
  • Tough Boris – Mem Fox



See other resources packs in Stories from the Sea

Partners and supporters

Stories from the Sea is a partnership between the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth. The resource is funded by Arts Council England’s Museums and Schools programme.