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Looking at a Character in Treasure Island

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Activities include answering higher and lower order questions based on an extract from the book and writing a new paragraph for Treasure Island.

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 Treasure Island 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

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  1. 5 out of 5

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    Bring Treasure Island to Life While Teaching Key Skills

    Immerse your students in the iconic pirate world of Treasure Island while building essential English and learning capabilities. This resource uses the universally-loved Robert Louis Stevenson classic to teach reading, writing, comprehension and analysis skills alongside vital evidence-based learning techniques.

    Introduce a Literary Masterpiece
    The plot and characters of Treasure Island instantly engage most KS2 pupils. This lesson taps into students’ natural excitement for pirate stories by exploring the charming but cunning personality of the book’s most famous pirate, Long John Silver.

    Embedded English Skills Development
    While uncovering Long John Silver’s true motives, students must closely read descriptive passages, define vocabulary, answer factual and analytical questions, discuss interpretations, and write creative pieces. This strengthens literacy skills from basic comprehension to higher-order analysis without feeling like traditional English work.

    Future-Proof Students with EBL Skills
    Collaboration, creative thinking, peer review, metacognition and independent learning are built into the student activities. Mastering these evidence-based capabilities equips students with the key cognitive skills needed for exams, further education and career success.

    Complete 3-Part Unit Available
    This resource is the first lesson in a three-part Treasure Island unit spanning setting, characters and themes. Sequenced lessons allow students to deeply explore the book over time through varied meaningful activities.

    Fire up your students’ imagination while covering English and 21st century skills with this engaging Treasure Island resource!

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Looking at a Character in Treasure Island - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Looking at a Character in Treasure Island