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It was Pitch Black and Freezing Cold

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This lesson looks at the features of a story setting. Activities in this lesson include answering higher and lower order questions based on extracts from stories.

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 Familiar Settings lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

1 review for It was Pitch Black and Freezing Cold

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    “It was Pitch Black and Freezing Cold” Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Are you looking for an engaging lesson to teach year 3/4 students about story settings while also developing their evidence-based learning (EBL) skills? Look no further than “It was Pitch Black and Freezing Cold,” the 6th lesson in a set of 11 on Familiar Settings.

    This 24-page PDF resource covers key English skills like identifying features of story settings through activities analysing extracts from stories. Students answer higher and lower order questions to strengthen their cognitive thinking abilities. But the real magic happens through the integration of EBL strategies proven to maximise learning.

    “It was Pitch Black and Freezing Cold” thoughtfully scaffolds collaborative work, thinking skills, peer and self-assessment, metacognition, and independent learning. Icons reinforce which of the 8 core EBL competencies students are developing at each stage.

    EBL CPD for Teachers Too

    As an added bonus, there’s a 5-minute teacher CPD section with a research extract on metacognition. This gives you a quick, evidence-based activity to strengthen your own classroom skills.

    Overall, I would rate this resource 5 stars for its engaging English lesson content expertly blended with EBL best practices. Use it to efficiently teach story settings while empowering year 3/4 students with lifelong learning abilities.

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It was Pitch Black and Freezing Cold - Familiar Settings - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
It was Pitch Black and Freezing Cold