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Rain Spoils the Day

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This lesson explores the impact of a change in the weather on the setting of a story. Activities include answering higher and lower order questions based a short story extract. Activities also include describing a beach setting.

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 Rain Spoils the Day

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    “Rain Spoils the Day” – A Fantastic Resource for Year 3/4 English and Evidence-Based Learning

    This ninth lesson out of eleven is a gem for teaching English comprehension and writing skills through the lens of a delightful story about how a change in weather can impact a story’s setting. Students will dive into a short story extract, answering higher and lower-order questions that develop their cognitive abilities while exploring the power of adjectives and descriptive language.

    But that’s not all! This lesson goes beyond traditional English lessons by embedding crucial evidence-based learning skills like collaboration, thinking skills, self-assessment, self-regulation, and independent learning. Imagine your students working together, discussing questions, assessing their own work, and developing strategies to become self-regulated, independent learners.

    And if that’s not enough, there’s a five-minute evidence-based CPD (Continuing Professional Development) activity at the end of the lesson, designed specifically for teachers. This CPD focuses on self-regulation, providing a research extract and a five-minute activity to enhance your own skill set as an educator.

    In summary, “Rain Spoils the Day” is a fantastic resource that combines engaging English content with the development of essential evidence-based learning skills for your Year 3/4 students.

    Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 out of 5 stars)

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Rain Spoils the Day - Familiar Settings - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Rain Spoils the Day