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Why Gold was Buried

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This lesson looks at why gold became so important and it introduces the concepts of bartering and trade. It also looks at why gold needed to be buried and considers the key role played by treasure maps in the plots of pirate stories. It also looks at the need to include good and bad characters. Activities include completing a story mountain outlining a possible plot for a pirate story and a task based on pirate story openings.

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 Why Gold was Buried

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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    “Why Gold was Buried” Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Looking for a way to teach economic concepts like bartering and trade through a fun, literary lens? This pirate-themed lesson called “Why Gold was Buried” is exactly what you need!

    Not only will your students explore why gold became so valuable as a form of currency, but they’ll analyse the common plot elements of pirate stories – like treasure maps and the juxtaposition of good vs. bad characters. The engaging activities include collaborating to complete a story mountain, outlining a potential pirate story plot and analysing different pirate story openings.

    But the learning goes beyond just content knowledge. This resource explicitly develops 4 of the 8 key evidence-based learning (EBL) skills proven through research to maximize student achievement. Visual icons are used to reinforce when students are practising EBL skills like metacognition, collaboration, thinking skills and self-regulation.

    To top it off, there’s a fantastic 5-minute CPD opportunity to build your own teaching repertoire. The quick activity explores research on how collaboration specifically supports self-regulated learning behaviours in students.

    I give this ingenious pirate lesson a 5 out of 5 star rating! The compelling pirate theme, explicit EBL skill instruction and practical teacher CPD make it an educational treasure for any literacy classroom. Enrich your students’ learning with “Why Gold was Buried”!

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Why Gold was Buried - Pirates (Upper) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Why Gold was Buried