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What is it?
So, the end of term is almost upon us, and festive spirits are high. So, it must be time for… yes, you’ve guessed it… The Pirate Game.
The original Pirate Game is a TES Maths end of term classic. Since its first appearance in 2012, it has spawned many pin-offs, including the festive Christmas Pirate Game in 2013, with pirates and ships making way for snowmen and Christmas trees.
However, for 2018 fedoraboy is taking things to another level, with the Pirate Game Grid Generator, 2.0. Remove all the hassle out of students filling in their own grids, and the inevitable confusion, omissions, rule-bending and outright cheating that can occur, by generating a class-set of grids at the click of a button.
How can it be used?
Now, if you are reading this and asking yourself “what on earth is the Pirate Game?”, well you are in for a treat. It is essentially a game of luck and strategy, with very little mathematical content (I guess it is on a grid, and there are one or two numbers involved, but that is about it), which students seem to almost universally love. Indeed, it is the favourite end of term activity for both my Year 7s and my Year 13s, which should tell you something about its appeal. I have also known maths departments to play a game between themselves… just to make sure they know the rules, of course.
For a full guide how to play the game, I recommend checking out the original resource. And after a few rounds of this, Christmas holidays and a rest cannot come soon enough!
Happy Christmas, and have a super new year and see you in 2019 for more maths resource goodness!
Thanks so much for sharing