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Directions to the Treasure

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This lesson looks at how to write a set of directions using fronted adverbials and bossy verbs. Activities include drawing a treasure map and writing directions for a partner to find the treasure and writing a set of rules for a pirate.

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-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 Directions to the Treasure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Discover This Engaging Pirate-Themed Lesson for Developing English and Thinking Skills!

    Are you looking for an exciting new resource that combines English skills development with evidence-based learning techniques? Then I highly recommend checking out the “Directions to the Treasure” lesson plan.

    This thoroughly researched resource uses a fun pirate theme to teach students key writing skills – specifically how to write clear directions using fronted adverbials and “bossy” verbs. The main activities involve students drawing their own treasure maps then writing a set of directions for a partner to follow to find the buried loot!

    What really makes this resource stand out is how it seamlessly integrates the teaching of vital thinking and learning skills identified by extensive educational research. Skills developed include self-assessment, higher-order thinking, independent learning, peer assessment and metacognition. Equipping students with these skills provides long-lasting benefits to their overall learning capabilities.

    The lesson also contains an excellent 5-minute CPD activity for teachers based on academic research into effective self-assessment. This provides a valuable opportunity to enhance your own professional skills as an teacher.

    Overall, I would give this multifaceted lesson resource ★★★★★. It manages to teach crucial curriculum content and wider academic skills in one fun and engaging pirate-themed package! I highly recommend fellow teachers check out this resource and see just how much can be accomplished in a single lesson when informed by evidence-based techniques. Your students will thank you for it!

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Directions to the Treasure - Pirates (lower) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Directions to the Treasure