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Red Riding Hood in Disguise

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Activities in this lesson include rewriting sentences as instructions, using bossy verbs and fronted adverbials to write a set of instructions for making a snowman and writing a set of instructions for Red Riding Hood.

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 Red Riding Hood 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 Red Riding Hood in Disguise

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    We asked a.i. to review this lesson. This is what it said:
    Teachers – Want to Teach Key Skills Through Engaging Stories?

    I’ve just come across a brilliant KS2 resource that uses the classic tale of Red Riding Hood to teach essential English and thinking skills. It’s called “Red Riding Hood in Disguise” and here’s why I think it deserves ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.

    Firstly, it covers crucial curriculum writing objectives like instructions and fronted adverbials through fun collaborative and independent tasks. Students rewrite sentences as instructions using “bossy verbs”, write a set of instructions for making a snowman, and create instructions to help Red Riding Hood disguise herself from the Big Bad Wolf.

    Secondly, it develops higher-order thinking skills at the same time. The collaborative thinking skills activity consolidation questions address vocabulary, comprehension and application of new concepts.

    Thirdly, this resource promotes vital evidence-based learning skills like collaboration, thinking skills, independent learning and self-regulation. The self-regulation activity gets students reflecting on persisting when tasks get challenging.

    Finally, there is an amazing 5-minute CPD excerpt focusing on the research behind self-regulation. It explains key concepts like volition and includes an action step for teachers to summarize self-regulation for pupils.

    If you’re looking for an engaging resource that teaches both curriculum objectives and essential evidence-based skills, I highly recommend checking out “Red Riding Hood in Disguise”. The story context hooks students in so the learning is seamless. An excellent addition to any KS2 English teacher’s toolkit!

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Red Riding Hood in Disguise - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Red Riding Hood in Disguise