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It’s Midnight and it’s Raining

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This lesson focuses on the four key features of a story setting:

  • the place where the story is set
  • the time that the story is set
  • the time of day
  • the weather

Activities include answering higher and lower order questions.

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. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning

1 review for It’s Midnight and it’s Raining

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Bring Story Settings to Life with “It’s Midnight and it’s Raining” Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Looking for an engaging way to cover the key elements of story settings while developing vital 21st century skills? Check out the “It’s Midnight and it’s Raining” resource from the Familiar Settings unit.

    This lesson guides year 5-6 students to analyse setting descriptors like place, time period, time of day, and weather conditions through a mix of collaborative and independent activities. The focus on higher and lower order questioning helps build crucial thinking competencies.

    I especially love how it illustrates the different purposes of setting details. Students discover why traditional tales might gloss over setting while adventure stories rely on vivid descriptions to build suspense and drama. Relating settings to story genres is such a valuable literacy skill.

    The lesson’s collaborative work and peer teaching components allow students to verbalize their knowledge too. Research shows this self-explanation deepens conceptual understanding.

    To support your own professional growth, the five-minute teacher CPD overviews metacognition research. You’ll get practical tips for developing students’ reflective thinking—a high-impact practice.

    Overall, I’d rate “It’s Midnight and it’s Raining” a solid 5 stars. It aligns core setting concepts with proven cooperative and metacognitive strategies. A stellar way to enrich upper primary English teaching!

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It's Midnight and it's Raining - Familiar Settings (upper) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
It’s Midnight and it’s Raining