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Looking at the Features of Fables

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Activities in this lesson include learning about the features of fables including their purpose in detail, answering higher and lower order questions on the features of fables, reading the text of The Fox and the Crow, designing a leaflet warning all other animals to beware of the crafty fox and completing a true/false exercise that includes all the features of a fable.

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-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 Fables 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 Looking at the Features of Fables

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    We asked a.i. to review this lesson. This is what it said: Teaching English and Evidence-Based Learning Skills Together in “Looking at the Features of Fables” lesson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I recently came across an excellent KS2 resource for teaching fables in a way that develops English skills alongside key evidence-based learning skills. This cleverly designed lesson looks at the key features of fables in detail while incorporating collaborative discussion, thinking skills questions, metacognition, independent learning, and self-assessment!

    The lesson contains a variety of useful student activities:

    ✅ Learning about what fables are, their main features, purpose and morals
    ✅ Answering higher and lower order questions on fables
    ✅ Reading a fable text – The Fox and the Crow
    ✅ Creating a leaflet from the crow’s perspective to warn others about the crafty fox
    ✅ Completing a true/false comprehension activity

    Importantly, five evidence-based learning skills are interwoven throughout the activities: collaboration, thinking skills, metacognition, independent learning and self-assessment. The star icons provide a helpful visual guide as to when pupils are using each key skill.

    In addition, there is a 5 minute CPD activity for teachers on self-assessment. This consists of a research extract on the benefits of self-assessment for pupils, followed by an action step for teachers to create a before/after checklist to assess the impact of using self-assessment in their own class.

    I would thoroughly recommend this resource for KS2 teachers. It’s ready to print out and use straight away or to use on any device whilst also expanding a teacher’s own knowledge of evidence-based practice. I’m giving it 5 stars for enabling the simultaneous development of English and learning skills in an engaging way. Why not give it a try in your classroom and assess the impact on your students?

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Looking at the Features of Fables - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Looking at the Features of Fables