This lesson is based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to work.

Science Fiction that is Out of this World!

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This lesson explores the settings, characters and plots of science fiction stories. Pupils use this information to design a poster showing the features of a science fiction story.

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.



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 Science Fiction 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 Science Fiction that is Out of this World!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philedmall (verified owner)

    This review was written by a.i.

    This science fiction lesson would be a great resource for teachers to use in their class:

    Teachers – Discover a Fantastic Science Fiction Resource for Your Classroom

    I recently came across an excellent science fiction resource that I think could be extremely valuable for any primary classroom. It’s called “Science Fiction That is Out of This World” and it aims to teach key learning skills through science fiction stories.

    Here’s why I believe this resource is so great:

    1. It develops 4 of the 8 key evidence-based learning (EBL) skills – The lesson focuses on building collaboration, thinking skills, self-assessment, and metacognition. These are proven through research to help maximize student learning.

    2. Uses stories as a teaching tool – By basing the activities around science fiction stories, it provides a highly engaging way for students to develop higher level skills. Stories are an ideal way to get students interested and able to manipulate ideas.

    3. Contains teacher CPD – There is a 5 minute CPD activity for teachers on metacognition, helping you boost your own skills. It explains the evidence behind the activities in an easy to digest way.

    4. Encourages peer learning – Students collaborate on tasks like designing a poster. This allows them to learn from each other and has many benefits over just working alone.

    5. Promotes metacognition – Students are guided to reflect on how they learn best – from creating a poster with a peer or assessing it with a peer. Building this awareness supercharges learning.

    As you can see, this brilliant resource ticks so many boxes. Through fun science fiction stories, it manages to develop key EBL skills, higher order thinking, collaborative abilities, and metacognitive awareness. The range of learning it fosters is extremely impressive.

    So if you’re a teacher looking to take your students’ learning to the next level, I couldn’t recommend this highly engaging science fiction resource enough! The skills it builds will serve students extremely well, both in education and in life.

    Based on the many benefits I highlighted in the blog post, I would give this science fiction resource 5 out of 5 stars.

    The key reasons I would rate it so highly are:

    – Develops 4 of the 8 vital evidence-based learning skills
    – Provides an engaging way to build thinking skills through stories
    – Encourages peer collaboration and metacognitive reflection
    – Contains research-backed teacher CPD element

    Very few classroom resources manage to hit so many boxes when it comes to enriching students’ learning and thinking abilities. This science fiction resource truly fosters the advanced skills that will help students tremendously in their education and beyond. It earns top marks across the board.

    So for its sheer range of learning enrichment, as well as being an interactive and fun way to build higher order skills, I would not hesitate to give this resource a perfect 5 star rating. I believe most teachers who try it out would agree – it’s a fantastic tool for any classroom.

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