Pirates: image & reality
Key Stage 1 study unit
Should We Call Grace O'Malley a Pirate?
1. Study Unit - large pdf file, with many pictures, please be patient
2. PowerPoint of Pictures
3. The Story of Grace O'Malley (for Lesson 2, Activity 1)
For class use or for children to read own their own: PowerPoint pdf
4. Sequencing Grace's Life (Drag & Drop Exercise - mouse control - Flash)
This four-lesson unit is intended as a depth study within the Key Stage 1 of the History curriculum when studying the lives of significant men, women and children drawn from the history of Britain and the wider world. A variety of stimulus material encourages children to explore the past by examining the image of pirates, with particular reference to the complexities of Grace O’Malley's life and values.
Lesson 1. What is a pirate?
Lesson 2. What were the main events of Grace O'Malley's life?
Lesson 3. What do you think happened when Grace met Elizabeth I?
Lesson 4. How far does Grace fit your image of a typical pirate?
Key Stage 2 study unit
The Pirates Grace O'Malley & Francis Drake: Goodies or Baddies?
1. Study Unit (pdf)
2. Pictures & Lyrics of Songs in Unit (PowerPoint)
3. Singalong with Grace O'Malley & Sir Francis Drake (PowerPoint with sound)
Iconic songs: Óró sé do bheatha ‘bhaile ('You Are Welcome Home')* & Drake's Drum
This four-lesson unit is intended as a depth study within the Key Stage 2 History curriculum when studying Britain and the wider world in Tudor times. A variety of stimulus material encourages children to explore the past by examining the image and reality of pirates, with particular reference to Grace O'Malley and Sir Francis Drake.
Lesson 1. What is a pirate?
Lesson 2. Are all pirates outlaws?
Lesson 3. Why did Elizabeth I meet the pirates Grace and Drake?
Lesson 4. Have the stories of Grace and Drake changed your views of pirates?
Grace O'Malley, alias Granuaile, 'Chieftain, Pirate, Trader' (1530-1603)
|More than a woman, Grace was a Gaelic chieftain. She commanded a fleet of war and merchant ships, trading with France, Spain, England and Portugal, dominating the waters off Western Ireland, robbing ships, resisting and then treating with the invading Tudors.|
The only Gaelic woman ever to appear at court,‘the wild grandeur of her mien erect and high, before the English Queen she dauntless stood ... well used to power [and] dominion over men of savage mood’.
|By land Grace stormed and defended castles, engaged in the then favourite Irish practice of cattle rustling, gave birth to four children and generally showed she was the equal of, if not better than, any man.|
Such was Grace’s power that in 1593 Elizabeth I agreed to meet her in London to consider requests for money and permission ‘to invade with sword and fire’the queen’s enemies.
|According to one horrified Tudor official, she ‘hath impudently passed the part of womanhood and been a great spoiler and chief commander and director of thieves and murderers at sea’.|
Her petition was successful, but Grace died ten years later outwitted and impoverished by Tudor officials who never forgave her earlier 'betrayals'.
* Different versions of Óró sé do bheatha ‘bhaile ('You Are Welcome Home')