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The Golden Age of Piracy

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This lesson introduces the Golden Age of piracy and looks at the use of galleons in the silk trade with China and the spice trade with India. The types of goods that pirates might steal are considered. This lesson also looks at what pirates ate and drank on-board. The activities in this lesson include answering higher and lower order questions and considering whether real pirates had peg legs and eye patches!

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 collaboration 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 Golden Age of Piracy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    We asked a.i. to evaluate this resource. This is what it said:

    Teach English and Evidence-Based Learning Skills Through Pirate Stories

    Engage your students while covering key curriculum areas with this motivating pirate resource!

    Looking for a fun way to build key skills in your KS2 English lessons? This Golden Age of Piracy resource uses classic pirate stories to teach reading, writing, speaking and listening skills alongside vital evidence-based learning capabilities like collaboration, thinking skills and self-regulation.

    Introduce the Exciting Pirate Genre
    The pirate theme immediately engages most KS2 students. This resource taps into their natural curiosity by covering fascinating details of real pirate lives like the ships they sailed, the goods they stole, the food and drink they survived on, and even whether they really had peg legs and eye patches!

    Embedded English Skills Development
    While exploring the riveting world of historical piracy, students must read passages, answer questions, discuss ideas with a partner, and write responses. This strengthens comprehension, speaking, listening and written skills without it feeling like traditional English work.

    Evidence-Based Learning Techniques
    The resource is designed based on educational research into the evidence-based learning skills that maximise student outcomes. It develops collaboration through partner work, thinking skills via higher and lower order questions, and self-regulation by reflecting on the partner work process.

    Easy to Implement
    The self-contained lesson format makes it simple to deliver. All the content, activities and teacher guidance you need is provided in one place. There’s even a 5 minute CPD section to boost your own expertise in facilitating collaborative learning.

    With the fact that this is actually a comprehensive, four-part pirate unit, I would give this lesson 5 stars. That checks the boxes for having engaging content, curriculum connections, evidence-based techniques, AND having enough depth/breadth for students to genuinely develop mastery of pirate history and key learning capabilities over multiple lessons.

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