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Jack writes a Recount

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Activities in this lesson include reading the main points of Jack and the Beanstalk, learning about the features of a recount, using the correct person, using fronted adverbials, writing a recount of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk from Jack’s perspective and writing a tweet.

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 peer assessment 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 Jack and the Beanstalk 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

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    Teachers – Help Your Students Retell Tales with Recount Writing using “Jack writes a Recount” a Jack and the Beanstalk lesson – Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

    I’ve just discovered an excellent KS2 English lesson that uses the well-known story of Jack and the Beanstalk to build essential recount writing skills. Called “Jack writes a Recount,” this complete lesson would make a great addition to any primary classroom.

    After recapping the main events of Jack’s adventure, student activities develop literacy abilities including:

    – Identifying features of a recount
    – Using the first person perspective
    – Applying fronted adverbials
    – Writing a recount from Jack’s viewpoint
    – Composing an imaginative tweet

    With students role-playing as Jack, these engaging tasks help embed story knowledge whilst advancing recount writing abilities.

    Plus, collaborative working and peer assessment further strengthen key evidence-based learning skills like metacognition and independent learning.

    And on top of all this student content, there is an amazing 5 minute CPD resource to expand teachers’ own expertise. Drawing on academic research, this CPD focuses on applying peer assessment strategies through reflection and action planning.

    From traditional tale recap through to teacher CPD, this multidimensional lesson empowers students to retell stories creatively, flexibly deploying new writing techniques.

    What adventures could your class retell after planting this magical bean?

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Jack writes a Recount - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Jack writes a Recount