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Merry Christmas

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This lesson involves looking at a short Christmas extract in detail to examine the use of words and the use of story writing conventions. Activities include answering higher and lower order questions and a creative writing activity that finishes the extract.

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-regulation 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 Merry Christmas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    Lesson 10 – Familiar Settings (Upper) Merry Christmas

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

    Festive Fun with “Merry Christmas” – An EBL Lesson That Delivers Both English Skills and Evidence-Based Learning

    The “Merry Christmas” lesson from the Familiar Settings EBL resources is a joy for upper primary teachers looking to combine literacy skills practice with developing proven evidence-based learning (EBL) skills.

    This engaging lesson centres around a short Christmas story extract. Students dive into the passage through a variety of activities that target key reading comprehension skills like:

    – Understanding vocabulary in context (synonyms, word meaning, etc.)
    – Analyzing story elements (setting, character, dialogue, etc.)
    – Identifying literary techniques (sensory details, comparisons, etc.)

    But the true magic lies in how these literacy skills are woven together with collaborative, self-regulation, peer assessment and other EBL skills that research shows maximize learning.

    For example, students practise self-assessment by evaluating the strengths of their own creative writing. They build peer assessment abilities by cross-checking answers with another pair. And they also learn vital self-regulation skills by reflecting on which work modes (solo vs. partnered) are most productive for them.

    The icing on the cake is the 5-minute evidence-based CPD section for teachers featuring research on self-regulation. It provides an actionable step for translating the research into a student-friendly self-regulation definition to share with your class.

    With its balanced focus on developing both English expertise and highly effective learning skills and habits, the “Merry Christmas” lesson is a gift that keeps on giving. I give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- it’s a must-have resource for any Year 5 or 6 teacher’s holiday bundle!

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Merry Christmas - Familiar Settings (upper) - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Merry Christmas