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The Legend of King Arthur

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Activities in this lesson include a reminder about the features of legends, reading the full text of The Sword in the Stone, answering higher and lower order questions about legends, designing a poster, identifying and summarising the main features of legends.

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.   

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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 Legends 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 The Legend of King Arthur

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Develop English and Evidence-Based Learning Skills in One Lesson!

    I’ve just come across a brilliant KS2 lesson on the legend of King Arthur that cleverly develops pupils’ English and evidence-based learning (EBL) skills at the same time. This ready-to-use lesson would make a valuable addition to any KS2 teacher’s resources. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    The lesson starts by recapping the key features of legends as a text type, before pupils read a summary of the legend of King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone. After reading, pupils work collaboratively to answer higher and lower order questions about the text, applying their new understanding of legends.

    Next is a poster design activity where pupils work in pairs to create an eye-catching tournament poster summarising the key details. This develops English skills as well as collaborative working.

    The lesson then gets pupils to reflect individually on their own learning, developing vital metacognitive skills. Finally, there is an independent activity applying knowledge of legends vs myths.

    As well as developing English skills on legends as a text type, this lesson deliberately develops five key EBL skills: collaboration, thinking skills, peer assessment, metacognition and independent learning. These skills are vital for pupils.

    At the end is a five minute CPD extract for teachers summarising research on metacognition, with reflective questions to develop pupils’ understanding of this key skill – invaluable for boosting learning.

    With its dual focus on English and EBL skills, this is a lesson not to be missed. The Legend of King Arthur lesson pack receives five stars for its detailed lesson planning, supporting materials and focus on vital skills pupils need. Add it to your resources today!

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King Arthur - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
The Legend of King Arthur