Pirate School & James Craig

School Excursion Program

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

    Curriculum references (NSW)

    NSW CROSS CURRICULUM Stage ES1 and 1
    PDHPE Stage ES1 and stage 1 STAGES ES1, 1
    MATHEMATICS
    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 assume pirate personas for the duration of the program.

    Treasure Hunt

    Students embark on a hunt around the museum and on the Tall Ship James Craig 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 gain 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!


    More information

    • Price: $15 per student. Teachers and supervising adults visit FREE of charge within the ratios specified in 'Plan Your Visit' below. Additional adults will be charged the student rate.
    • Duration and start/finish times: contingent upon student numbers and will be arranged and explained during booking (see 'Make a Booking' below).
    • 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.
    • Location: all programs begin and end at the Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

    Make a booking / Contact us

    Fill in our online booking enquiry form


    Plan your visit / Essential Safety and Supervision Information

    Before embarking on your excursion, please visit our School Excursions page and read all the information under "Plan your visit / Essential Safety and Supervision Information".

    Students participating in an education program on a tall shipStudents participating in an education program on a tall shipChildren participating in a pirate program at the Australian National Maritime Museum