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Straw – No. Bricks – Yes.

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Activities in this lesson include learning about adjectives and adjective-based writing tasks featuring the four characters in the Three Little Pigs.

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 Three Little Pigs 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 Straw – No. Bricks – Yes.

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Building Literacy Skills with Fairytale Pigs “Straw – No. Bricks – Yes.” Three Little Pigs lesson resource

    Teachers looking for an engaging resource to teach adjectives and critical thinking should check out the “Straw – No. Bricks – Yes” Three Little Pigs lesson. This brilliant lesson creatively uses the classic folktale to advance literacy and metacognition.

    Through partner tasks, students describe the three pigs and the big bad wolf using vivid adjective word banks. Crafting imaginative character portraits strengthens descriptive writing abilities and expands vocabularies.

    Higher order questions analyse the wisdom behind the pigs’ building material choices. Why was straw a poor decision? Do the pigs share responsibility for provoking the wolf? These discussions promote critical analysis and verbal reasoning aptitudes.

    Individual metacognitive activities explicitly build awareness of learning processes. Students reflect on how they will remember new adjective knowledge, directly boosting this vital skill for achievement.

    The teacher CPD models classroom best practice. A 5 minute activity turns research insights on metacognition into practical poster resources. This is invaluable for developing evidence-based teaching.

    With its multidisciplinary blend of English skills and advanced cognitive development, I give this lesson 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Students of all abilities will thrive as they learn from the three little pigs. I highly recommend teaching this lesson to boost literacy and create thoughtful learners.

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Straw No. Bricks Yes - KS2 English Evidence-Based Learning lesson
Straw – No. Bricks – Yes.