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Ground Control to Major Tom

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The activities in this lesson include exploring the use of dialogue through the science fiction genre, how to write reported and direct speech using the correct punctuation and completing a true/false task that summarises all the features of reported and direct speech.

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 Science Fiction 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 Ground Control to Major Tom

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Check Out This Amazing 5-Star Science Fiction Lesson for Developing English and Learning Skills!

    I just discovered an incredible ready-to-use Science Fiction lesson plan that cleverly combines teaching key English language skills with developing vital evidence-based learning competencies in students.

    This comprehensive lesson allows you to explore the use of dialogue through the sci-fi genre, specifically focusing on how to write direct and reported speech properly using the correct punctuation. There are various scaffolded activities that let students practice writing speech, deciding when to use commas versus full stops at the end of dialogue, and punctuating sentences correctly with question marks and exclamation points. A culminating true/false activity neatly summarizes the features of reported and direct speech that were covered.

    But wait, there’s more! Woven throughout the lesson are opportunities for students to engage in crucial evidence-based learning techniques that research shows deepen understanding and retention. These include:

    – Collaborative learning
    – Peer assessment
    – Independent learning
    – Self-assessment
    – Metacognitive thinking

    There’s even a 5-minute CPD professional development activity for teachers based on an academic extract about the power of metacognitive strategies. You’re guided on how to have a rich learning dialogue with a colleague about the efficacy of the techniques used in the lesson.

    With its imaginative blend of galactic adventures and essential literacy skill-building, I give this ready-to-implement Science Fiction lesson 5 stars! Your students will love the interstellar context, and you’ll love the English and learning outcomes. Blast off into best practices for the classroom with this stellar resource!

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Ground Control to Major Tom - KS2 Evidence-Based Learning Science Fiction Lesson
Ground Control to Major Tom