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A Lovely Tropical Island

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This lesson looks at the characters, the setting and the plots of pirate stories. Activities in this lesson include answering higher and lower order questions, using nouns and adjectives to describe characters and settings; and using first/third person.

There is a five-minute evidence-based CPD activity at the end of this lesson which will develop classroom teachers’ skill set. This CPD consists of a research extract on metacognition with a five-minute activity based on this extract.   


These evidence-based learning (EBL) lessons are based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to maximise thinking, learning and attainment. From an extensive review of educational research, we identified the eight key classroom thinking and learning skills that were common across these research papers. We named these eight key skills “EBL skills”.

EBL skills have been proven by research to maximise learning because they combine the most productive thinking skills with the most effective learning behaviours. Each of our evidence-based learning lessons uses the English curriculum as a framework through which the eight EBL skills are delivered.

Teachers also have the opportunity to add to their own skill set or refresh their existing skills with our five-minute CPD activity, based on one of the EBL skills used in this lesson.

The skills in bold below are the EBL skills developed in this Pirate lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

  1. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning

1 review for A Lovely Tropical Island

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    We asked a.i. to review this lesson. This is what it said:

    Teachers – Add Some Pirate Fun to Your English Lessons!

    Looking for a great resource that will help you teach key English skills whilst keeping your students engaged? Then I highly recommend the lesson “A Lovely Tropical Island”!

    This pirate-themed lesson is jam-packed with activities that will develop your students’ reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and higher order thinking abilities. And it does this through the fun genre of pirate stories – so your students will be learning without even realising it!

    Some of the highlights include:

    – Answering higher and lower order questions about characters, settings and plot
    – Using nouns and vibrant adjectives to describe characters and settings
    – Practising using first and third person narration
    – Collaborative discussion activities that develop communication skills

    One of my favourite parts of this resource is the 5-minute evidence-based CPD activity at the end. This provides teachers with an extract from educational research on the importance of developing metacognition in students. There is then a quick and easy activity you can implement right away to start developing your students’ metacognitive abilities.

    I would give this resource ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. It’s engaging, educational and provides built-in teacher CPD. Your students will love assuming the role of pirates and sail away with improved English skills. Download it now and try it out! Your class will be saying “Yo ho ho!” in no time.

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A Lovely Tropical Island - Pirates (lower) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
A Lovely Tropical Island