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Cinderella Climbs a Story Mountain

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Activities in this lesson include learning about the structure of early and later traditional stories, completing a story mountain for Cinderella, looking at messages and magic in traditional stories and putting the events in Cinderella in the right order.

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 Cinderella 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 Cinderella Climbs a Story Mountain

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Discover a Great New Resource for Teaching English and Evidence-Based Learning Skills

    I’ve just come across an excellent new resource that cleverly combines teaching key English and literacy skills with developing essential evidence-based learning abilities in students.

    It’s a lesson plan built around the classic fairy tale of Cinderella. This creative resource guides students through the key events of the Cinderella story while seamlessly integrating activities that foster collaborative teamwork, critical thinking, self-regulation, metacognition and independent learning.

    The lesson gives a clear overview of the structure of traditional stories – their typical settings, characters and plot elements. It then analyses the specific features of both early and later traditional tales, comparing and contrasting key differences in complexity and the use of magic.

    Students complete engaging tasks such as filling in a story mountain graphic organiser, sequencing key events from the mixed-up Cinderella plot, and answering reading comprehension questions about the transformative message and meaning of the timeless story.

    What I love about this resource is how the fun, familiar Cinderella narrative has been used as a vehicle for developing those all-important evidence-based learning skills that research shows can boost academic achievement.

    As students progress through the various collaborative and independent elements, they are actually building up their abilities in skills like metacognition, self-regulation and critical analysis – without even realising it!

    The lesson plan itself models effective evidence-based methods by incorporating the latest teacher CPD research and offering practical tips on enhancing pupils’ awareness of themselves as learners.

    I would highly recommend this wonderful Cinderella resource to Key Stage 2 teachers looking for an entertaining and imagination-capturing way of driving English progress while cultivating crucial learning-how-to-learn skills. It gets 5 stars from me!

    Your students will love stepping into the classic Cinderella tale and coming away with vital skills that will serve them through school and life. This resource truly develops the whole learner.

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Cinderella Climbs a Story Mountain - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Cinderella Climbs a Story Mountain