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That Harp was really getting on my nerves

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Activities in this lesson include a recap of Jack and the Beanstalk, learning about the features of informal letters, learning how set out an informal letter, re-arranging an informal letter so that it makes sense and writing an informal letter from Jack to Pinocchio.

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 peer 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 Jack and the Beanstalk 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 That Harp was really getting on my nerves

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Add a Little Magic to Your KS2 English Lessons with “That Harp was really getting on my nerves” Jack and the Beanstalk lesson – Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

    I’ve discovered a brilliant English lesson for KS2 classes based around the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. It focuses on developing informal letter writing skills and is called “That Harp was really getting on my nerves.” This fun resource would make a great addition to any primary classroom.

    After a recap of the story, student activities help build literacy skills including:

    – Learning features of informal letters
    – Looking at letter layout
    – Reordering an example letter
    – Writing their own informal letter from Jack to Pinocchio

    The letter writing task links to the story theme as students take on the role of Jack, complaining to his friend about a problem (e.g. the harp won’t stop playing!).

    As well as English skills, the collaborative activities also develop vital evidence-based learning abilities like peer assessment and metacognition.

    Plus, there is an amazing 5 minute CPD resource for teachers based on peer assessment research. This accessible CPD allows busy teachers to build their expertise ‘as they go’, applying new strategies immediately.

    From story recap through to CPD, this complete lesson package delivers engaging traditional tale revision alongside purposeful skills development. Your KS2 pupils will love becoming immersed in Jack’s magical world whilst advancing their literacy and learning!

    Fancy sprinkling a little magic bean dust on your English lessons?

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That Harp was really getting on my nerves