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The Emperor’s New Clothes (II) Idioms

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Activities in this lesson include learning about idioms, looking at how to design a poster and designing a poster to show the main features of idioms.

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 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 (II) Idioms

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teaching English and Evidence-Based Skills in One Lesson
    I recently came across a fantastic Emperor’s New Clothes lesson that manages to teach key English skills like learning idioms and designing posters, while also developing students’ evidence-based learning abilities. This ready-to-use KS2 resource truly has it all.

    The English Skills
    Over the course of the lesson, students will learn what an idiom is through exploring the idiomatic phrase “the Emperor’s new clothes.” They will look at several common idioms and their historical origins. Students will then work collaboratively to design an informational poster explaining idioms, which develops skills in summarising information, using bullet points, and creating eye-catching displays.

    Embedding Evidence-Based Learning
    In addition to the English skills, this lesson plan skilfully incorporates research-backed approaches to boost thinking, peer collaboration, peer teaching, metacognition and independent learning. The variety of interactive activities allow students to continually build these evidence-based skills. There are corresponding icons throughout so teachers and students can easily track which skill is being utilised at any given point.

    5 Minute CPD Activity
    The lesson finishes with a 5 minute CPD extract and activity on metacognition for the teacher to complete themselves. This provides a model of how to reflect on and monitor student progress in developing metacognitive abilities.

    Overall this is an engaging and comprehensive resource that teaches both vital English and evidence-based learning skills. I would give it 5 stars! The combination of literacy development and research-driven best practices makes it well worth adding to any primary teacher’s toolkit.

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