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

Introduction to Real Pirates


This lesson continues with the theme of the Golden Age of piracy and looks at the main aspects of the pirate life, such as how dangerous it was and how pirates came to be ‘pirates’ in the first place. Other aspects include why parrots were ideal pets for pirates, what pirates wore, the pirate code and the pirate flag. The activities in this lesson include answering higher and lower order questions.

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.


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Introduction to Real Pirates - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Introduction to Real Pirates