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A Nice and a Nasty Pirate

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This lesson shows how using the correct adjectives and consistent character traits is necessary to create a character. Activities in the lesson include describing a good and a bad character – this activity is fully scaffolded. Activities also include answering higher and lower order questions.

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 Nice and a Nasty Pirate

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ An Excellent Resource for Teaching English and Evidence-Based Learning

    I recently came across an excellent KS2 resource for teaching English language skills while also developing vital evidence-based learning abilities in students. It’s called “A Nice and a Nasty Pirate” and uses fun pirate stories to teach key skills.

    This resource focuses on building character description, using appropriate adjectives and crafting consistent personality traits. The activities are cleverly scaffolded to support students in describing both a friendly and nasty pirate character. Students collaborate in pairs which allows them to learn from discussion.

    Higher and lower order questions then build up students’ cognitive skills. For example, students have to put themselves in the shoes of the characters and explain their decisions. Such perspective taking builds empathy while practising reasoning abilities.

    One part I especially loved was the five-minute evidence-based CPD activity for teachers at the end. This focuses on metacognition and gives a research extract to cement understanding. Teachers then reflect on practical classroom strategies to embed metacognition into their practice. This quick CPD is a fantastic model that builds the teacher’s own skill set.

    I would highly recommend “A Nice and a Nasty Pirate” for teaching descriptive writing and thinking skills in an engaging way. The activities strike a perfect balance of being supportive yet challenging. And the CPD opportunity is the icing on the cake! I’m giving this resource 5 stars for its brilliant blend of English and essential evidence-based learning.

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A Nice and a Nasty Pirate - Pirates (lower) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
A Nice and a Nasty Pirate