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Writing a Pirate Recount

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This lesson looks at the features of a recount including the 4 W’s and time connectives. Activities in this lesson include writing a report about finding buried treasure – an activity which involves incorporating instructions into the recount. A recount template is provided.

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 Writing a Pirate Recount

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Discover a Swashbuckling Way to Teach Key Skills!
    I’ve just come across an exciting KS2 English resource that cleverly combines pirates, recount writing, and evidence-based learning. It’s called “Writing a Pirate Recount” and it delivers the curriculum while developing vital skills.
    🚩 Here’s why you should grab this resource for your class:
    ✅ Teaches recount features like the 4 Ws and time connectives through an engaging pirate theme
    ✅ Gets students writing a fun report on finding buried treasure, incorporating instructions
    ✅ Includes a handy recount writing template to scaffold learning
    ✅ Builds key evidence-based learning skills like independent learning and peer assessment
    ✅ Contains a gem of a 5-minute teacher CPD activity focused on peer assessment research
    The peer assessment extract and reflection task alone make this worthwhile CPD. 💎
    Activities let students take on pirate personas to spark imagination and motivation. The step-by-step instructions guide them through the recount writing process.
    I’d give this resource ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for its creativity and skill-building blend. Teachers striving to teach English and vital learning capabilities – in an immersive way – should snap up “Writing a Pirate Recount.” ✍️

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Writing a Pirate Recount - Pirates (Upper) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Writing a Pirate Recount