Using understanding and knowledge of shape to beat a creature from the deep!

Captain Morgan & The Maths Monster Workshop Description

You’ve already helped "Captain Morgan" crack The Pirate’s Challenge, so now he’s back with another mystery to solve – what exactly is the monster that’s been attacking the pirate village on Number Island? No-one’s ever seen it (it only comes out at night) – but it’s left plenty of clues in its wake. And by measuring its paw-print, examining its poo and analysing its bite, your pupils will be able to use our unique Shape Sets to create an accurate picture of the beast – and help Captain Morgan devise a cunning plan to defeat it!

This programme is perfect  for those schools who have already hosted and enjoyed the Pirate's Challenge day and would like another pirate-themed maths day!

Exploring (according to age): measurements, number investigations, additive and multiplicative reasoning, time, positional language, properties of 2D and 3D shapes, problem solving.


"Students thoroughly enjoyed the workshops. Captain Morgan was able to pitch the level correctly for each year group from Nursery right through to Y6. All pupils were stimulated and engaged and had so much fun. The children learnt that learning maths could be fun and they loved working together to solve problems. A fantastic day had by all, both pupils and staff really enjoyed and we are looking forward to booking another one!” St Clares School, Porthcawl

"The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshops - and continued to talk about Captain Morgan throughout the week!” Assistant Headteacher, Turton Edgworth C Of E Methodist Primary School

EYFS - Y6 / P1-P7
One Day
School Hall

School Workshop FAQs

How many pupils can take part?

Captain Morgan and the Maths Monster can accommodate up-to 60 pupils per workshop - that's the whole of a two-form entry school in just one day!

What is the format of the day?

We will work with you to plan a timetable for the workshops, to suit the number of classes you would like to include - and around the specific timings of your school day. In a two-form entry primary school (with all year groups apart from Reception taking part in groups of up-to 60), the timetable might look like this:


09.00 – 09.20: (optional) Whole-school assembly, where your visitor will introduce the day…

09.20 – 10.00: Year 1 stay in the hall for their workshop …

10.00 – 10.40: Year 2 come to the hall for their workshop …

10.40 – 11.20: Year 3 come to the hall for their workshop …

11.20 – 11.50: One Reception class have a visit, in their own setting …


1.00 – 1.30: The other Reception class have a visit, in their own setting …

1.30 – 2.10: Year 4 come to the hall for their workshop …

2.10 – 2.50: Year 5 come to the hall for their workshop …

2.50 – 3.30: Year 6 come to the hall for their workshop.


Where will the workshops take place?

For workshops of up to 60 pupils we require a large enough space for the activity, such as the school hall or an equivalent sized space. 


Can we dress up as Pirates?

Yes! lots of the schools we work with choose to do this to really get into the theme of the day.

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