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The Pirate Code

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This lesson looks at the set of rules (the pirate code) that pirates had to follow when living on a ship. The activities in this lesson include answering higher and lower order questions (some scaffolded).

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 metacognition 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

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    Philipem (verified owner)

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    Teachers – Introduce Your Students to the Swashbuckling World of Pirates with this Brilliant Lesson!


    Avast me hearties! Do you want to capture your students’ imagination while developing their English and thinking skills? Then set sail with this swashbuckling pirate-themed lesson – Introduction to Real Pirates.

    Transport your class back in time aboard a pirate galleon to discover the exciting world of 18th century buccaneers. Students will gain insight into the Pirate Code – the strict rules that governed life on board for pirates.

    Through answering scaffolded higher and lower order questions about the code, pupils will advance their comprehension, analysis and evaluation abilities. Collaborating with their shipmates (peers) to problem-solve will hone cognitive skills too.

    And there’s an excellent 5 minute CPD activity for you teachers on using metacognition strategies in class. Applying these techniques will skyrocket students’ self-directed learning capacity.

    With vibrant images of pirate ships and their crew, this imaginative resource interweaves literacy development with all core subjects. Furthermore, its grounding in evidence-based research means activities have the highest proven learning impact.

    So climb aboard me hearties and let this well-designed pirate pack loot your students of their creativity and critical thought! Download Introduction to Real Pirates today and see your class thrive!

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The Pirate Code - Pirates (real) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
The Pirate Code