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Introduction to Real Pirates

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This lesson continues with the theme of the Golden Age of piracy and looks at the main aspects of the pirate life, such as how dangerous it was and how pirates came to be ‘pirates’ in the first place. Other aspects include why parrots were ideal pets for pirates, what pirates wore, the pirate code and the pirate flag. The activities in this lesson 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 collaboration 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 review for Introduction to Real Pirates

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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    Introduction to REAL Pirates Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Looking to make the literary concept of character analysis riveting? This pirate-themed lesson called “Introduction to Real Pirates” will immerse your students in the gritty historical truths behind the romantic notions of piracy.

    Not only will they explore the harsh realities of the “Golden Age of Piracy” – like the threats of violent storms, pirate codes, and the iconic Jolly Roger flag – but they’ll analyse key pirate story elements. Activities include thoughtfully answering higher and lower-order questions about pirate attire, weapons, pets, and more.

    But the learning extends beyond just literary content knowledge. This resource explicitly fosters the development of 4 essential evidence-based learning (EBL) skills like collaboration, thinking skills, self-assessment, and metacognition. Fun icons cue students when they are practising these competencies.

    The real treasure is the fantastic 5-minute teacher CPD opportunity! It explores research-backed ways collaboration enhances individual student learning, such as promoting metacognition. This is perfect for rapidly expanding your repertoire of evidence-based teaching practices.

    I award this ingeniously crafted pirate lesson plan 5 shining doubloons out of 5! The enthralling real-world pirate focus, explicit EBL skill building, and practical teacher CPD make it a must-have teaching resource for any English teacher’s coffers. Enrich your students’ learning with “Introduction to Real Pirates”!

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Introduction to Real Pirates - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Introduction to Real Pirates