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Pirate Story Settings (I)

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This lesson looks at the settings in a pirate story including how the atmosphere of the setting changes according to the time of day and the weather. Activities 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 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 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 Pirate Story Settings (I)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Add Some Swashbuckling Fun to Your Lessons! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I’ve just discovered a brilliant resource for KS2 teachers looking to cover English and evidence-based learning skills in an engaging way – “Pirate Story Settings (I)”.

    This fantastically fun pirate-themed lesson looks at settings in pirate stories and how the atmosphere changes with time of day and weather. Pupils will answer higher and lower order questions on the topic, developing key thinking skills.

    Activities involve collaborating in pairs and groups, which gives plenty of opportunity for peer learning. The pirate theme is likely to inspire creativity and imagination in lessons. This well-structured resource develops eight key evidence-based learning skills in total.

    What makes this resource truly special is the five-minute evidence-based CPD activity included at the end. There is an extract on the research behind metacognition and a quick activity for teachers to reflect on how the lesson developed this skill in pupils. As we know, metacognitive activities have an incredible impact on learning, so this CPD element enables teachers to expand their own skill set.

    If you’re looking to cover curriculum objectives in an entertaining way and expand your own CPD at the same time, I highly recommend checking out “Pirate Story Settings (I)”. It gets a 5 star rating from me!

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