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Pirates Upper + PDF + Word


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  1. The Cook is really Long John Silver 
  2. Why Gold was Buried 
  3. Writing a Pirate Recount 
  4. The First and the Third Pirate 
  5. Creative Writing Pirate Activity 
  6. Writing a Pirate Recount Y6 
  7. I Spy a New Paragraph 
  8. Avast, Me Hearties 


Set Sail for Swashbuckling English Lessons with 8 Thrilling Pirate-Themed Resources

Arr me hearties! Are you a teacher searching for captivating ways to teach essential literacy skills and critical thinking abilities? Do you want resources that fuse curriculum objectives with vital evidence-based learning competencies like collaboration and self-regulation? Then climb aboard for this round-up of 8 phenomenal pirate-themed lessons perfect for engaging Key Stage 2 students while advancing achievement. 

From analysing classic tales like Treasure Island to writing imaginative pirate recounts, these lessons use the popular maritime theme to inspire creativity. Students map story mountains, write narrative resolutions, compare characters and supercharge vocabulary through immersive buccaneering contexts.

But the learning stretches beyond English acquisition alone. With their integrated skill-building focus, these resources enable students to actively develop those all-important evidence-based capacities like peer assessment, self-assessment and independent learning. So it’s literacy skill progression and life-long learning attributes together in one entertaining bundle!

And to extend teacher expertise, these CPD-aligned lessons contain research-backed extracts with quick exercises that build confidence in utilising key approaches like metacognition and self-regulation.

So if you’re aiming to cover curriculum objectives in an appealing way while cultivating critical 21st century skills, then set your coordinates for these 8 sensational pirate-themed lessons today! From literacy progression to enriched vocabulary via collaboration and self-direction, they are the educational treasure you and your crew need!

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