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Comparing Early and Later Traditional Stories (II)

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Activities in this lesson reminders about the features of simple and complex traditional stories, reading a complex traditional story – The Palace that Nobody Found, answering higher and lower order questions and identifying the features of traditional 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 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 Traditional Stories 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 Comparing Early and Later Traditional Stories (II)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teach English and Evidence-Based Learning Skills using the “Comparing Early and Later Traditional Stories (II)” lesson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    This brilliant KS2 traditional stories lesson allows you to teach English and evidence-based learning skills together in an engaging way.

    Activities include recapping the key features of simple and complex traditional stories – an important literacy skill. Pupils then read an excerpt from the complex traditional tale The Palace That Nobody Found, which provides a rich text to analyse.

    Higher and lower order questions based on this text develop critical thinking abilities. Identifying the setting, characters, plot and language features develops English skills.

    There are also metacognitive, collaborative, and independent learning activities woven throughout to systematically build key evidence-based learning skills. These equip pupils with the tools to become highly effective learners.

    The icing on the cake is the 5 minute CPD excerpt at the end on the research evidence for metacognition. This provides actionable ways to make metacognition more explicit to pupils.

    With literacy objectives and evidence-based learning skills covered in one lesson, this is an invaluable resource for busy teachers. I give this ready-to-use lesson 5 stars for enabling engaging literacy and learning skills development. Highly recommended for KS2 teachers seeking an all-in-one lesson solution.

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Comparing Early and Later Traditional Stories (2) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Comparing Early and Later Traditional Stories (II)