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I Spy a New Paragraph

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This lesson explores the five rules for starting a new paragraph. Activities include identifying the reason for a new paragraph from short extracts and writing a new paragraph for a specific purpose.

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 self-regulation 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 Pirate 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 I Spy a New Paragraph

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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    Motivate Pupils to Write Cohesive Narratives with this Swashbuckling Paragraphing Lesson


    Ahoy teachers! On the lookout for an entertaining way to advance your Key Stage 2 students’ paragraphing abilities? Then set sail with this captivating pirate-themed English lesson that explores the rules for composing cohesive story narratives.

    This brilliant resource “I Spy a New Paragraph” uses a suspenseful buccaneering context to clearly communicate the five reasons to start a new paragraph when writing fiction. Through analysing excerpts and composing their own narrative samples, students grasp when to begin new sections based on changes in setting, time, characters, speech or events.

    Creative activities inspire pupils to write compelling continuing plotlines, employing paragraph conventions to enhance flow and engagement. Collaborative tasks also strengthen literary analysis skills as crews evaluate extracts for shifts needing new sections.

    And there’s an excellent 5 minute CPD activity for teachers too based on the latest research into self-regulation. Simple yet effective, it provides practical takeaways to help students independently monitor and improve their academic performance.

    With its dramatic pirate theme, paragraphing practice texts and embedded peer learning opportunities, this resource delivers the literary comprehension and writing progress you need! So set sail with your crew on this engaging voyage-of-discovery today! 🏴☠️

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I Spy a New Paragraph - Pirates (Upper) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
I Spy a New Paragraph