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The Emperor’s New Clothes (I)

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Activities in this lesson include reading the first part of The Emperor’s New Clothes, deciding what will happen next, reading the end of the story, discussing the theme, looking at the four main ways in which characters in stories are described then describing the emperor using these four ways.

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 collaboration 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 Emperor’s New Clothes 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 Emperor’s New Clothes (I)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teaching a Classic Tale and Key Skills! An Excellent Resource for KS2 English and Evidence-Based Learning

    Are you looking for an appealing resource to teach the timeless story of The Emperor’s New Clothes to your KS2 students? Do you also want to develop those all-important evidence-based learning abilities like collaboration, peer assessment and metacognitive skills? Then look no further than this wonderful Emperor’s New Clothes lesson.

    This brilliant resource uses the classic tale to teach key literary concepts like characters, plot and theme. Students will find the vain emperor and clever swindlers memorable as they read the story, predict what happens next and discuss the moral.

    But the learning builds far beyond analysing a narrative. This resource is specifically designed to cultivate crucial evidence-based learning capacities like working in groups, assessing peers and reflecting on how to keep improving. So your students will be gaining the skills they need to maximise achievement while immersed in this iconic story.

    The lesson even contains a 5-minute CPD activity to expand teacher expertise in successful collaborative learning.

    Any KS2 teacher wanting to cover English curriculum goals in an engaging way while developing those essential learning skills should have this resource in their folder. I give the Emperor’s New Clothes lesson plan 5 stars for seamlessly integrating both English mastery and evidence-based learning through a classic story students will never forget.

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The Emperor's New Clothes (I) - KS2 English Evidence-Based Learning lesson
The Emperor’s New Clothes (I)