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First, Pay Attention Jack

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Activities in this lesson include learning about the difference between rules and instructions, how to write instructions using time connectives, writing brief notes about rules, writing instructions and rules for Jack and a comprehensive true/false task.

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 Jack and the Beanstalk 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 First, Pay Attention Jack

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Grow Your Students’ Critical Thinking with this Fabulous Resource “First, Pay Attention Jack” a Jack and the Beanstalk lesson – Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

    I’ve just discovered an amazing KS2 English lesson based around the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Called “First, Pay Attention Jack,” this multifaceted resource develops literacy skills WHILST building essential critical thinking abilities.

    After recapping the story, student activities strengthen understanding of rules versus instructions, including:

    – Identifying features of rules and instructions
    – Writing rules and instructions for characters
    – Applying time connectives in instructions
    – Completing a demanding true/false activity

    Collaborative work encourages explanation, discussion and peer teaching, advancing communication abilities alongside literacy skills.

    Additionally, there is a fantastic 5 minute teacher CPD activity focused on embedding metacognition strategies across the classroom.

    From story immersion through to teacher CPD, this resource grows critical faculties, empowering students to question, reason and self-direct their learning.

    Why not plant some magic beans today and watch your students’ thinking grow? This accessible lesson offers so many ways to boost key skills across the curriculum.

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First, pay Attention Jack - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
First, Pay Attention Jack