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PE Activity of the Week - Pirate Ship

Posted on 9th June 2017

This week’s PE Activity of the Week is Pirate Ship, a game that concentrates the children on the actions associated with commands.

Active Superstars plan, coordinate and prepare fun, energising games for children to participate in during our sports sessions. We like to be as unique as possible and ensure children have fun whilst working hard and learning new skills. Each week we share our favourite ‘PE Activity of the Week’ to give you an insight into our sessions and provide some inspiration for games of your own.

The Object of the Game:

The object of the game is to follow the commands and do the suitable actions.

Skills Acquired:

  • Listening skills
  • Teamwork
  • Coordination
  • Thinking skills


  1. The children should be taught the commands; it might be easier to write them on a whiteboard that they can all see.
  2. The children should line up in front of the teacher who will shout the commands



Main Deck

Run back and form the original line in front of the teacher (children do not have to be in the same order).

Man the Lifeboats!

OR call out a number (e.g. 6) and the children have to get into groups of six and "row" their lifeboat.

Scrub the Decks

Children crouch down and pretend to clean the floor with their hands.

Captain's Coming

Children salute and shout out "Aye Aye Captain"

 Man Overboard

OR children on their backs waving legs and arms in air as they drown.

Walk the Plank

Children have to walk in a perfect straight line one foot exactly in front of the other with arms outstretched to the sides

Hit the Deck

Children lie down on their stomachs as quickly as possible.

Rats on board

Children sit on the floor, hugging their knees, whilst feet are raised off floor.


Pair up facing each other, soles of feet touching and join hands then rock backwards and forwards in rowing motion


Sit with feet off floor, hugging knees

Three Men in a Lifeboat

Children get into groups of three.

Up on Deck!

Children have to jump on to benches. The last person left with their feet on the floor is out!

"Land AHoi"
with a direction

The children walk in the direction called with hand's cupped just above their eyebrow's (looking for the land ahead).

"Land AHoi"
with no direction

Here the children decide, which direction they want to take!

Peg Leg Jim

The children must hop on one leg to the wall behind them


Active Superstars offer a wide range of physical activities ranging from soccer and dance to multi-sport events, in term-time and during the school holidays. If you want to engage your child in unique, fun, energising sports, call Active Superstars today on 0121 222 5464 or email

Active Superstars provides high-quality Sports Coaching activities to get children active. If you want to engage children in fun, energising activities, contact us today on 0121 792 2643 or email

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