He was used when our topic was all about pirates. As an incentive to get the boys writing, he really did his job.
The children were shown a powerpoint of Pirate Pat in the positions you see him above. After each slide there was a brief discussion on what he was doing and what they think would happen next. My class had a great imagination however, getting it onto paper was like trying to get them to put lids back on felt tips.
As we were coming to the end of our slideshow, I told the children that my camera had broken and that they had to guess what Pirate Pat did next. After brief opportunity to talk to their partners, their answers were amazing! A lot better than what I had hoped.
Children didn’t want to wait until the adult led activity and my writing table was full of children (including the boys) writing about or to Pirate Pat.
The little touches like making ‘pirate paper’ with them really helped and encouraged them too.