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A Pirate on the Moon

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This lesson looks at the story setting for different genres; it also looks at the use of adjectives and nouns in settings. 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 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 Familiar Settings 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 Pirate on the Moon

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    “A Pirate On The Moon?” is a fantastic English lesson resource for year 3 teachers looking to teach key literacy skills while also developing evidence-based learning capabilities in their students. Part of a set of 11 Familiar Settings lessons, this fifth installment focuses on story settings across different genres and the use of adjectives and nouns to vividly describe a setting.

    Through higher and lower order questioning activities, students will hone their cognitive thinking abilities as they explore how settings, characters and plot must align for a cohesive narrative. The lesson deftly weaves in collaborative, metacognitive and independent learning opportunities, allowing pupils to learn from each other, reflect on their own thinking processes, and take ownership of their skill development.

    Teachers will appreciate the quick 5-minute CPD section providing research insights into metacognition. The simple activity enables educators to gauge student metacognition levels and identify next steps. With English national curriculum links and an evidence-based learning framework, this resource is a win-win.

    I give “A Pirate On The Moon?” a 5-star rating for its rich literacy content, unique integration of EBL skills, and quick CPD – making it an easy choice for year 3 and year 4 classrooms. Highly recommended!

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A Pirate on the Moon - Familiar Settings - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
A Pirate on the Moon