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Shifting Settings

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This lesson looks in detail at the four main reasons why the setting in a story can change: the action in the story moves to a different setting, the characters in the story move to a different setting, the setting stays the same but the time of day changes and the setting stays the same but the weather changes. Activities include answering higher and lower order questions.

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 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 Shifting Settings

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Explore Setting Changes with the Engaging “Shifting Settings” Lesson

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Upper primary teachers are always on the hunt for high-quality, evidence-based resources that build critical thinking skills while delivering core literacy instruction. The “Shifting Settings” lesson, part of the Familiar Settings unit, is a fantastic option that checks both of those boxes.

    This fourth lesson in the 11-part unit dives deep into the reasons why a story’s setting may change over the course of the narrative. Students analyse the four main causes for a setting shift: the characters move, the action relocates, the time of day changes, or the weather changes. The activities get students thinking by having them identify examples of each reason from popular stories and explain their reasoning.

    But “Shifting Settings” does more than just reinforce comprehension of story elements. It intentionally develops four key evidence-based learning (EBL) skills proven to maximise student learning:

    1. Collaboration – Partner activities promote productive discussions and listening.

    2. Thinking skills – The questioning sequences build both higher and lower order thinking capacities.

    3. Peer teaching – Students solidify their own understanding by explaining concepts to a classmate.

    4. Self-assessment – Evaluating and improving their own work fosters autonomy and metacognition.

    As an added bonus, the lesson includes a 5-minute CPD (continuing professional development) segment focused on the research behind self-assessment. It guides teachers through the core benefits of this EBL skill and has a simple activity to make the concepts more accessible for students.

    With its emphasis on an often overlooked but important narrative element like setting changes, combined with the integration of multiple EBL skills and teacher professional development, the “Shifting Settings” lesson is an absolute winner. It’s an engaging, evidence-based way to simultaneously build literacy skills, cognitive abilities, and evidence-based learning competencies.

    I give this resource a well-deserved 5 out of 5 stars. It’s definitely one you’ll want to add to your year 5 or 6 teaching toolkit for an enriching way to advance student learning and meet core objectives. Highly recommended!

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