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The Boy Who Cried Wolf

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Activities in this lesson include a quick summary of the key features of fables, reading the full text of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, answering higher and lower order questions based on this fable and writing a modern version of this fable.

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 Fables 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 The Boy Who Cried Wolf

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teaching English and Thinking Skills through Fables with “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I’ve stumbled upon a fantastic KS2 resource for teaching the well-known fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, in a way that develops English comprehension alongside five key evidence-based learning skills. This clever lesson design seamlessly weaves collaboration, thinking skills, peer assessment, metacognition and independent learning into the learning process.

    Engaging student activities include:
    ✅ Reviewing the key features of fables
    ✅ Reading the full text of The Boy Who Cried Wolf
    ✅ Answering higher and lower order questions on the fable
    ✅ Writing a modern version of the fable

    As students work through the tasks, they will be using collaboration skills by working in pairs, thinking skills to answer comprehension questions, peer assessment to improve understanding, metacognition to reflect on peer assessment benefits, and independent learning during the writing task.

    Additionally, there is a 5 minute CPD activity for teachers focused on peer assessment. This features a research extract on the two main benefits of peer assessment paired with an action to explain these benefits to a colleague.

    I would highly recommend this resource to KS2 teachers. It ticks all the boxes for teaching English and developing evidence-based skills in an engaging way. I’m giving it 5 stars for being a ready-to-use lesson that cleverly combines learning objectives. Why not give it a try?

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf - Fable - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
The Boy Who Cried Wolf