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Alice in Wonderland vs Harry Potter

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Activities in this lesson include comparing the main features of early (simple) fantasy stories such as Alice in Wonderland and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with later (complex) fantasy stories such as Harry Potter. Activities in this lesson also include looking at the features of a report, and writing a report about the differences between early fantasy stories and the Harry Potter stories.

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 Fantasy Story 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 Alice in Wonderland vs Harry Potter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Spellbinding New Lesson Comparing Fantasy Tales – Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I’ve discovered an enchanting KS2 lesson that compares early and modern fantasy stories – “Alice in Wonderland vs Harry Potter”. This bewitching resource earns top marks for incrementally developing advanced learning skills!

    This lesson analyses the key differences between simpler portal fantasies like Alice’s adventures and the more complex world of Harry Potter. Students then apply their understanding in a report writing task.

    As well as literacy goals, these activities build vital evidence-based abilities like critical thinking, peer assessment and metacognition.

    There’s even a 5 minute CPD excerpt on the benefits of peer assessment, allowing you to magically enhance your professional knowledge.

    So if you want to cast a spell on your students with a super English lesson that secretly conjures up higher order talents, this fantasy lesson comes highly recommended.

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