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Pirates Real + PDF + Word


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  1. The Golden Age of Piracy 
  2. Introduction to Real Pirates 
  3. The Pirate Code Y6 
  4. Pirates and Privateers 


Overview of Real-Life Pirate Lessons

These four comprehensive pirate-themed lessons aim to engage Key Stage 2 pupils whilst developing core curriculum skills.

Lesson 1 introduces the intriguing world of historical piracy. Activities develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills alongside vital evidence-based learning capabilities like collaboration and self-regulation.

Lesson 2 analyses real pirates. Students answer questions about elements like pirate attire, pets and the iconic Jolly Roger flag. A 5 minute teacher CPD develops expertise facilitating collaborative learning. 

Lesson 3 examines the strict Pirate Code that governed life aboard pirate ships. Scaffolded higher and lower-order questions hone comprehension, analysis and evaluation abilities. An excellent 5 minute CPD activity boosts teachers’ skills using metacognition strategies.

Lesson 4 transports pupils back in time to discover the origins of piracy and analyse whether the pirate code ever justified such criminality. A key focus compares differences between pirates and privateers. The independent learning activity and 5 minute teacher CPD on self-directed study means this aligns perfectly with evidence-based best practices.

With their immersive historical content interwoven with literacy skill development and explicit evidence-based techniques, these imaginative pirate-themed lessons can enrich any Key Stage 2 teacher’s repertoire.

These 8 skills are the EBL skills developed across these Pirates (Real) 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 Real + PDF + Word