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A Menace in the Woods

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Activities in this lesson include reading a parody of Red Riding Hood, planning and writing a parody and using the correct punctuation.

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 Red Riding Hood 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 A Menace in the Woods

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – This Red Riding Hood Parody Lesson Develops Key Skills “A Menace in the Woods” Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I’ve discovered an excellent KS2 resource that uses a funny parody version of Red Riding Hood to teach literacy and evidence-based learning skills. It’s called “A Menace in the Woods” and students will love the activities.

    Students Plan and Write Their Own Creative Parodies

    There are some great collaborative activities where students first read a parody of Red Riding Hood told from the wolf’s perspective. They then plan and write their own creative parodies of traditional tales. This develops English skills in an engaging way.

    Activities Enhance Higher Order Thinking Abilities

    Higher order questions based around the parody further boost analysis and evaluation skills. There are also individual activities focused on metacognition and self-regulation to strengthen thinking about thinking!

    5 Minute CPD Develops Teacher Metacognition

    The 5 minute CPD activity sums up research on metacognition – thinking about thinking – and gives a practical action step for teachers to emphasize metacognition with students. This boosts teachers’ own expertise.

    I Would Give this Entertaining Resource 5 Stars!

    From parody planning to teacher CPD, this resource creatively teaches Red Riding Hood skills. I would give “A Menace in the Woods” 5 stars for engaging students while developing English skills and higher order thinking.

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A Menace in the Woods - Red Riding Hood - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
A Menace in the Woods