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Shiver Me Timbers

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Activities in this lesson focus on describing a pirate. This creative writing activity is fully scaffolded including describing good and bad characters, using sea-slang and the correct punctuation. Activities also include drawing a pirate and labelling him/her with adjectives.

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 Shiver Me Timbers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Let Your Students’ Imaginations Set Sail with Creative Writing!

    If you’re looking for a fun way to get your students excited about descriptive writing, look no further than the brilliant pirate-themed lesson “Shiver Me Timbers.”

    With a treasure chest full of scaffolded activities, this resource will have your students channelling their inner pirates and improving their creative writing skills.

    Some of the highlights include:

    – Drawing and labelling a pirate using vivid adjectives
    – Writing a character description using sea slang phrases
    – Peer assessing each other’s work against set criteria
    – Individual metacognitive reflections

    The collaborative writing tasks allow students to bounce ideas off each other and learn from one another. The peer assessment activity empowers them to evaluate their own and their partner’s work.

    There is also a 5-minute teacher CPD section with an extract from educational research about effective peer assessment strategies. This is followed by a quick reflection task so you can immediately apply the findings in your own classroom.

    I would give this resource ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your students will have a whale of a time unleashing their imaginations to describe a swashbuckling pirate character. Their creative writing abilities will be greatly improved after this engaging lesson. Download it now and watch the smiles on their faces as they set sail into descriptive writing!

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Shiver Me Timbers - Pirates (lower) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Shiver Me Timbers