A pirate-themed whole school maths challenge 

The Captain's Conundrum Workshop Description

"Captain Morgan", of the Good Ship Mathematics, has a conundrum … there’s treasure to be found on Cloud Island, there's a map – and a set of clues. But they’re clues that no-one on The Good Ship Mathematics can make head nor tail of. The Captain will meet all the children at an assembly (or, if space doesn’t allow, two consecutive gatherings) and challenge them to conquer the conundrum.
During the course of the day, the Captain will give each year group an age-appropriate set of clues to unearth a particular piece of treasure – and warm them up with one of his piratical maths drama games. Then everyone reconvenes in a meeting (or two meetings) at the end of the day to share their findings - and advise the Captain on what to buy for his expedition. Content is in line with the National Curriculum requirements and will include different age-appropriate activities for each year group. And the programme has been developed to accommodate the whole of up to a three-form entry school in a single day!

Exploring (according to age): both additive and multiplicative reasoning, fractions, number patterns, mental and written calculation, elimination, 2D and 3D shapes, measurement, interpreting data, positional language, co-ordinates.


"The children were very excited - and all the teachers I spoke to commented how great it was to have an opportunity to step back a little and reflect on the children’s problem solving and using and applying skills." New Brighton Primary

"Thank you for a wonderful day. Right across the school the children were fully engaged throughout." Servite RC Primary School

EYFS - Y6 / P1-P7 / Senior Infants - 6th Class
One Day
Up to 630 pupils
School Hall

School Workshop FAQs

How many pupils can take part?

 This day can accommodate up to 630 pupils and is a mix of hall-based and classroom-based workshops. 

What is the format of the day?

We will plan a timetable based on the number of sessions you require and the timings of your school day.


Where do you visit?

We work across the whole of the UK and Ireland. We are also happy to travel Internationally!


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.

Are there any other Pirate-themed workshop?

Yes! if you've already enjoyed our Pirate Maths workshops then you might want to consider our Pirate Science ot Space Pirate's workshops! more information below. 

The Pirate's Challenge Maths Workshops

The Pirate's Challenge

Piratical fun with numbers and shapes! 

The Race into Space

Our most challenging programme, taking maths to the stars! 

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Acclaimed Egyptologist “Dr Colorado Smith” needs your pupils help to solve a 3,000 year old puzzle!