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The Emperor’s New Clothes (III) Proverbs

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

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 independent learning 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 (III) Proverbs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teaching English and Evidence-Based Learning Skills in One Lesson

    I recently came across a fantastic KS2 resource that allows teachers to develop English and key learning skills simultaneously – saving valuable lesson time. It’s a lesson plan based on the classic tale of the Emperor’s New Clothes.

    🚀 Why this lesson is great

    🌟 Teaches the features and meaning of proverbs
    🌟 Includes a collaborative poster design activity
    🌟 Develops 3 key evidence-based learning skills: collaboration, thinking skills and independent learning
    🌟 Contains a 5 minute teacher CPD activity on independent learning

    The lesson starts by introducing what proverbs are, with plenty of examples for children to analyse. Pupils then work in pairs to design an informative classroom poster on proverbs, putting their understanding into practice.

    There are two independent learning tasks to consolidate what has been learnt, including summarising proverbs in their own words. The CPD activity provides teachers with recent research on how self-regulation leads to independent learning, plus a short task to check understanding.

    I would give this complete, ready to use resource 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 as it develops so many skills efficiently in one go. The Emperor’s New Clothes story is familiar to most children too, so they can focus on developing new English and thinking skills rather than grappling with unfamiliar content.

    I highly recommend this lesson for a time efficient way of covering multiple learning objectives. The key EBL skills it focuses on are based on substantial educational research over the past 50 years.

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