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How to Build a Brick House

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Activities in this lesson include learning about writing instructions, using bossy/imperative verbs, and about using fronted adverbials. Then, there is a task on writing a set of instructions for the first two pigs on how to build a brick house.

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 Three Little Pigs 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 How to Build a Brick House

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Construct Literacy Skills with Fairytale Pigs “How to Build a Brick House” Three Little Pigs lesson resource

    Teachers seeking a creative way to teach procedural writing should explore the “How to Build a Brick House” Three Little Pigs lesson. This brilliant resource blends literacy instruction with critical thinking using the classic folktale.

    Students learn the key features of instructional writing like imperative verbs and fronted adverbials. A collaborative activity applies this understanding as pairs write a step-by-step guide for the first two pigs on constructing a sturdy brick house.

    Higher order questions analyse the wisdom behind the pigs’ original building decisions. Why was straw so unsafe? Did they ignore sensible advice? Discussing these issues boosts critical analysis abilities.

    An individual metacognitive task gets students reflecting on what they found easy or difficult when writing instructions. This builds awareness of their thinking and learning processes.

    The teacher CPD summarises research on providing metacognition opportunities. A 5 minute activity shares a practical tip for making metacognitive questions explicit around tasks.

    With its skillful blend of literacy development and cognitive challenge, I give this resource 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Students will thrive constructing procedural texts while learning from the three little pigs’ mistakes. I highly recommend this lesson.

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How to Build a Brick House - KS2 English Evidence-Based Learning lesson
How to Build a Brick House