This lesson is based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to work.

Pirates Lower + PDF


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  1. Pirates, Parrots and Adjectives 
  2. The Plot of a Pirate Story 
  3. A Lovely Tropical Island 
  4. Captain Black and the Pronoun 
  5. Shiver Me Timbers 
  6. Scenes for a Pirate Film 
  7. Blackbeard Always Looked Angry 
  8. Friendly Pirates vs Unfriendly Pirates 
  9. A Nice and a Nasty Pirate 
  10. Dialogue in Pirate Stories 
  11. Instructions to Draw a Treasure Map 
  12. Pirate Story Settings (I) 
  13. Pirate Story Settings (II) 
  14. Directions to the Treasure! 
  15. Writing the Opening Paragraph of a Pirate Story Y6 


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.

These 8 skills are the EBL skills developed across these Pirates (Lower) lessons. 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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Pirates Lower + PDF