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Cinderella Shows Off Her New Magic Wand

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Activities in this lesson include looking at the setting, characters and plot of Cinderella, grammar (including adverbs), writing an alternative version of Cinderella and a diary-based task. Activities also 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 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 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 Shows Off Her New Magic Wand

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teaching English and Key Skills Through Cinderella – “Cinderella Shows Off Her New Magic Wand” lesson

    I recently discovered a brilliant KS2 resource that allows teachers to develop English and essential learning skills simultaneously – maximising lesson time. It’s a lesson based on the classic fairytale, Cinderella.

    🚀 Why this Cinderella lesson is great

    🌟 Teaches key features of traditional stories – setting, characters, plot
    🌟 Includes grammar focus on adverbs
    🌟 Develops 5 evidence-based learning skills: collaboration, thinking skills, independent learning, metacognition and peer assessment
    🌟 Contains a 5 minute CPD activity on the benefits of peer assessment

    The lesson starts by recapping Cinderella’s story and analysing the setting, characters and plot. A collaborative thinking skills activity gets students evaluating the story and answering higher and lower order questions. An individual metacognitive task then develops self-reflection on these questions.

    Students get creative by writing their own Cinderella story featuring her magic wand before assessing a partner’s work. The CPD shows research on how peer assessment aids learning and has a task to discuss the mechanisms behind this.

    I would give this complete lesson 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for seamlessly combining the teaching of English with key research-backed skills. The traditional Cinderella story provides a familiar context for children to apply new grammar, writing and thinking skills.

    I highly recommend this resource for an efficient way to cover multiple curriculum objectives through an engaging story.

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Cinderella Shows Off Her New Magic Wand - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Cinderella Shows Off Her New Magic Wand