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The Cook is really Long John Silver

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This lesson explores the plots used in pirate stories and also looks at the features of pirate stories. Activities include completing a story mountain and summarising the story Treasure Island as well as putting the features of a pirate story in the correct order.

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 thinking skills 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 The Cook is really Long John Silver

  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 appealing resource to teach key English skills like summarising plots and understanding story structure to your KS2 students? Do you also want to develop crucial evidence-based learning abilities like collaboration, self-assessment and independent learning? Then look no further than the The Cook is Really Long John Silver lesson.

    This brilliant resource uses the popular pirates genre to teach vital literary concepts like the key features of stories and mapping out the plot progression of pirate adventures. Students will find the pirate theme intriguing as they complete activities like summarising the classic tale Treasure Island and sequencing the events in a typical pirate storyline.

    But the learning goes beyond English skills alone. This resource is specifically designed to build those all-important evidence-based learning (EBL) abilities like working with peers, assessing their own understanding and directing their own learning. So your students will be gaining the critical skills needed to maximise achievement in all subjects while immersed in swashbuckling tales.

    The lesson even contains a 5-minute CPD activity to extend teacher expertise in areas like making thinking skills explicit across the curriculum.

    Any KS2 teacher wanting to cover English objectives in an appealing way while developing those essential learning capacities should have this resource at their fingertips. I give the The Cook is Really Long John Silver lesson plan 5 stars for its ability to seamlessly teach both English and evidence-based learning in an engaging package students won’t soon forget.

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The Cook is really Long John Silver - Pirates (Upper) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
The Cook is really Long John Silver