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Cabin Boys and Cabin Girls

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This lesson looks at how to describe a character in four different ways; by what they think or feel, what they say and how they say it, what they do or how they behave, and by what they look like. After looking at a nice pirate described in these four ways pupils have to describe a nasty pirate in the same four ways. Pupils also learn about cabin boys and girls before describing a cabin boy/girl of their own.

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 peer assessment 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 Cabin Boys and Cabin Girls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Set Sail with Vivid Character Descriptions using this Brilliant Pirate English Lesson


    Ahoy teachers! Looking for an imaginative way to captivate your students in learning rich descriptive writing? Then climb aboard this swashbuckling pirate-themed English lesson, perfect for bringing vibrant multi-layered characters to life.

    This superb resource “Cabin Boys and Cabin Girls” uses the popular pirate genre to show students how to portray captivating personalities in narrative writing. It examines four key ways to depict convincing characters – through thoughts, speech, actions and appearance.

    Students analyse a sample friendly pirate description, identifying techniques that create consistency. Then using this model, they describe a villainous buccaneer counterpart focusing on crafting nasty traits!

    After learning about the dramatic lives of real-life cabin boys and girls, pupils then create their own pirate crew member complete with name, picture and adjective-packed portrayal! Such creativity and characterization analysis develops descriptive language and writing skills in an engaging context.

    The resource also builds vital evidence-based skills like collaboration, self-assessment and critical reflection on the writing process itself.

    And there’s an excellent 5 minute CPD activity for teachers based on peer assessment research, perfect for expanding your own professional expertise.

    With its suspenseful high-seas context, vivid vocabulary building tasks plus integrated literacy skill development, this pirate resource delivers learning engagement and writing progress in one entertaining package. So set sail with your KS2 crew on this dictionary enriching voyage-of-discovery today! 🏴☠️

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Cabin Boys and Cabin Girls