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Scenes for a Pirate Film

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This lesson looks at how to describe a character in a consistent way. This is achieved by looking at the scenes for a film based on a new pirate book and answering higher and lower order questions based on these scenes.

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 peer 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 Scenes for a Pirate Film

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Set Sail into Character Development!

    Want to improve your students’ ability to write well-developed, consistent character descriptions? Then climb aboard the brilliant lesson “Scenes for a Pirate Film”!

    Through analysing possible movie scenes based on a pirate book, students will learn how to portray characters in a believable way. The activities focus on creating descriptions that are true to a character’s personality and actions throughout a story.

    Some of the highlights include:

    – Answering questions about movie scenes to identify consistent vs inconsistent character traits
    – Collaborative discussion and peer assessment
    – Drawing and describing their own pirate character

    The variety of collaborative, independent and metacognitive activities caters to different learning styles. Students are empowered to monitor their own learning and help each other improve.

    The 5-minute teacher CPD provides an extract from educational research about how peer assessment develops metacognitive skills. There is then a quick activity for you to reflect on how to apply this to your own students.

    I would give this resource ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. It’s engaging, promotes higher order thinking, and develops vital character writing skills. Your students will have an exciting time developing complex and consistent pirate characters. Download this resource today and set sail into quality character descriptions!

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Scenes for a Pirate Film - Pirates (lower) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Scenes for a Pirate Film