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Cinderella Gets on the Prince’s Nerves

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Activities in this lesson include learning about the features of a recount, when to use the first/third person and fronted adverbials, how to write a diary entry and writing a diary entry.

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 self-regulation 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 Gets on the Prince’s Nerves

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    “Cinderella Gets on the Prince’s Nerves” – A Spellbinding Lesson on Writing Recounts

    I’ve just discovered an excellent KS2 resource that integrates teaching key English writing skills with developing essential thinking and learning strategies – maximising curriculum time. It’s built around a hilarious imaginary scenario of marital strife between Cinderella and Prince Charming!

    🚀 Why this Cinderella lesson works

    🌟 Covers features and structure of recounts
    🌟 Teaches using 1st and 3rd person
    🌟 Develops 5 key evidence-based learning skills: collaboration, thinking skills, peer assessment, independent learning and self-regulation
    🌟 Includes a 5 minute CPD activity on benefits of self-regulated classrooms

    The lesson explains the purpose and structure of recounts, including using time order and the past tense. A fun collaborative task then gets students writing a mock diary entry from the prince’s perspective, moaning about Cinderella’s annoying habits! This applies the teaching in a highly engaging way.

    Students peer assess each other’s work before creating their own checklist for writing recounts – fostering independent learning. Self-reflection on the need to persevere even when work is challenging then develops self-regulation.

    I would give this complete, ready to use lesson 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for its creativity in fusing curriculum objectives with research-backed strategies. The Cinderella context hooks students into applying new writing skills.

    I highly recommend this resource for an efficient and enjoyable way to cover multiple learning aims.

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Cinderella Gets on the Prince's Nerves - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Cinderella Gets on the Prince’s Nerves