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Avast, Me Hearties

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This lesson looks at many aspects of the life of a pirate. Activities include completing a story mountain and profiling a good pirate and a bad pirate based on the four common ways to describe a character in fiction. Activities also include identifying powerful verbs in an extract from a pirate story.

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 self-regulation 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 Avast, Me Hearties

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Set Sail for Vocabulary Enrichment with this Thrilling Pirate-Themed English Lesson!


    Ahoy teachers! Searching for an entertaining way to boost literacy skills across the curriculum? Then climb aboard this swashbuckling Key Stage 2 English resource that explores compelling pirate themes to capture attention while advancing critical skills.

    This high-impact lesson “Avast, Me Hearties” taps into students’ fascination with pirate lore, profiling the danger-filled lives of past mariners. Analysing story plots and character traits in a buccaneering context builds narrative and descriptive writing abilities.

    Through completing engaging pirate story mountains, pupils grasp key conventions like settings, protagonists and antagonists. Defining hero and villain personalities in dramatic high-seas scenarios strengthens character profiling competence using appearance, actions, speech and thoughts.

    An excerpt activity hones ability to identify vivid verbs to inject action into their compositions. Independent and collaborative tasks inspire creativity and reinforce concepts.

    The resource also develops self-regulation by emphasising persistence when learning gets tricky. And there is an excellent 5 minute teacher CPD activity focused on nurturing essential attitudes for achievement.

    So if you’re looking to advance literacy across the curriculum in an entertaining way, set your coordinates for this enriching pirate-themed English lesson today! With its suspenseful maritime context plus vocabulary, writing and self-efficacy focus, it delivers engaging progress for your Key Stage 2 crew! 🏴☠️

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Avast, Me Hearties - Pirates (Upper) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Avast, Me Hearties