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Pirates, Parrots and Adjectives

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This lesson looks at the settings, characters and plots of pirate stories. Activities include completing a story mountain and it also focuses on using adjectives to describe pirates and settings.

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 Pirates, Parrots and Adjectives

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teaching Pirates and More! An Excellent Resource for KS2 English and Evidence-Based Learning

    Are you looking for an engaging resource to teach key English skills like nouns, adjectives, and story structure? Do you also want to develop vital evidence-based learning abilities in your KS2 students? Then look no further than the Pirates, Parrots and Adjectives lesson plan.

    This brilliant resource uses the popular pirates genre to teach essential literary concepts like setting, characters, plot, and the correct use of descriptive language. Students will find the pirate theme intriguing as they complete activities like mapping out a story mountain and using vibrant adjectives to depict pirate characters and island settings.

    But the learning doesn’t stop with English skills alone. This resource is specifically designed to build key evidence-based learning (EBL) abilities like collaboration, self-assessment, and independent learning skills. So your students will be gaining the critical expertise needed to maximise achievement across all subjects while immersed in pirate adventures.

    The lesson plan even has a 5-minute professional development activity for teachers to extend their own understanding of vital concepts like the link between self-assessment and independent learning.

    Any KS2 teacher wanting to cover English objectives in an appealing way while developing crucial learning abilities should have this resource in their toolkit. I give the Pirates, Parrots and Adjectives lesson plan 5 stars for its ability to teach English and evidence-based learning in a fun and meaningful package students won’t soon forget.

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Pirates, Parrots and Adjectives - Pirates (lower) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Pirates, Parrots and Adjectives