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Book status: The book for this planning sequence is currently reprinting or out of print and therefore not in stock at most booksellers. If you do not already own the book, we would recommend this planning sequence as an alternative:

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A Home Learning Branch for The Night Pirates


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Reception

Author(s): Peter Harris

This is a Home Learning Branch for The Night Pirates.  These branches are designed to support home learners to access literature-based learning using a selection of books we love from the Literary Curriculum.  They include purposeful writing suggestions, links to the wider curriculum so that texts can be used across other subjects, key questions as well as spelling or phonics investigations.

A Planning Sequence is available for The Night Pirates.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Writing in role, letters, a ‘how to’ guide

Main Outcome:

‘How to be a pirate’ guide


Two+ weeks, 10+ sessions

Phonics Provision:

Letters & Sounds Phase 3, Weeks 6 & 7

Overview and Outcomes:

In this ten-session sequence, which we suggest will take 3 weeks to cover, the children arrive to class to find a treasure map. They go on to hide and hunt for pirates before sharing the story. They write in role as pirates and then learn a song about being a pirate before being invited to join the Night Pirates – a job for which the children apply by writing letters. Once accepted, they are asked to help a character write a ‘How to be a Pirate’ guide. Phonics teaching is embedded throughout and suggestions for Continuous Provision are also made. Some sessions include the teaching of 2/3 graphemes in one go but you may want to teach some of these over a few sessions.

Synopsis of Text:

A much-loved adventure on the high seas from Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright. Perfect for every reader who loved Pirates Love Underpants and The Pirates Next Door.

One night, young Tom is awoken by noises outside his house. He peeps out of the window and what should he see but PIRATES. And stranger still – they’re GIRL PIRATES stealing the front of his house! Tom joins their adventure across the high seas to an island where some rather lazy and silly grown-up pirates are guarding their treasure. Not very successfully! Tom and the girl-pirates make a surprise attack and are soon off on the seas once more with the treasure!

This swashbuckling pirate story from Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright has become a modern-day classic. Great fun to read-aloud and entertaining for both boys and girls, The Night Pirates is a bedtime story to inspire the imagination of kids aged 3 and up.

Peter Harris was born in London in 1933. He has written for television, radio and children's comics. His picture books include Have You Seen Max? and Bottomley the Brave.

Deborah Allwright has made a dramatic impact on the picture book scene since the publication of The Night Pirates. Her other wonderful books include Hooray for Knickers and The Witch with an Itch.


Pirates, adventures, treasure

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