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Pirates Lower + PDF


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  1. Pirates, Parrots and Adjectives 
  2. The Plot of a Pirate Story 
  3. A Lovely Tropical Island 
  4. Captain Black and the Pronoun 
  5. Shiver Me Timbers 
  6. Scenes for a Pirate Film 
  7. Blackbeard Always Looked Angry 
  8. Friendly Pirates vs Unfriendly Pirates 
  9. A Nice and a Nasty Pirate 
  10. Dialogue in Pirate Stories 
  11. Instructions to Draw a Treasure Map 
  12. Pirate Story Settings (I) 
  13. Pirate Story Settings (II) 
  14. Directions to the Treasure! 
  15. Writing the Opening Paragraph of a Pirate Story Y6 


Overview of Pirate (Lower) Lesson Set

This set of 15 pirate-themed lessons is an engaging and multifaceted resource for KS2 teachers aiming to cover English and evidence-based learning objectives.

The lessons use the popular appeal of pirates to teach a range of English skills including character descriptions, story settings, dialogue, and creative writing in imaginative contexts like treasure hunts and swashbuckling adventures. Activities are designed to inspire creativity and higher-order thinking while developing core literacy abilities.

Importantly, these lessons also integrate vital evidence-based learning techniques into the pirate activities. Skills like collaboration, self-assessment, metacognition and independent learning are deliberately fostered alongside the curriculum content. This develops crucial expertise for life-long learning. 

Each lesson models best practice by including a 5-minute CPD activity for teachers summarizing academic research on areas like peer assessment or self-regulation strategies. This allows teachers to continually enhance their own professional skills.

In summary, this resource efficiently develops English mastery and broader academic abilities through an engaging pirate theme. The embedded teacher CPD also positions it as a catalyst for developing teacher expertise in evidence-based learning approaches. Its multifaceted approach earns it a 5 star review.

These 8 skills are the EBL skills developed across these Pirates (Lower) lessons. 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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Pirates Lower + PDF