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Genres, Settings and All That (project)

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This project looks at the typical settings for different genres including pirate, science fiction, fantasy and traditional stories. Activities include answering higher and lower order questions and completing a true/false activity and then turning all the false answers into true ones.

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 independent learning 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 Familiar Settings 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 Genres, Settings and All That (project)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Discover New Worlds with “Genres, Settings and All That”

    Are you an upper primary teacher seeking to boost your students’ English skills while also developing vital evidence-based learning (EBL) competencies? Look no further than the “Genres, Settings and All That” lesson from the Familiar Settings EBL resources!

    This engaging project immerses Year 5 and 6 pupils in the imaginative realms of different story genres – pirate tales, science fiction, fantasy, and traditional stories. Through a series of varied activities, students explore the typical settings and plot points associated with each genre. For example, they might envision the creaking ships and treasure-filled islands of a swashbuckling pirate adventure, or the futuristic alien worlds of a science fiction odyssey.

    But this resource goes beyond simply analysing genres. It provides ample opportunities to develop higher-order comprehension abilities like:

    – Inferring story settings from contextual details
    – Identifying key story elements (characters, plot, problem, etc.)
    – Defining and using vocabulary words in context

    Where this lesson truly shines, however, is how it intertwines these literacy skills with researched EBL techniques that optimise the learning process. Metacognitive activities prompt students to reflect on and monitor their learning progress. Independent learning exercises let them productively work at their own pace, seeking peer support as needed.

    The included 5-minute teacher CPD section on scaffolding independent learning is yet another gem. It offers an evidence-based strategy for gradually releasing responsibility to students as their capabilities grow.

    With its brilliant fusion of genre exploration and EBL skill-building, the “Genres, Settings and All That” resource is a journey well worth taking. I give it an enthusiastic ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – it’s a must-have for any Year 5 or 6 classroom looking to expand literary horizons.

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Genres, Setting and All That - Familiar Settings (upper) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Genres, Settings and All That (project)