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The First Little Pig Apologises

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Activities in this lesson include learning about the features of an informal letter before writing an informal letter to Mr Wolf apologising for telling lies about him.

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 self-regulation 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 Three Little Pigs 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 First Little Pig Apologises

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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    Teach Literacy and Life Skills With Fairytale Fraud “The First Little Pig Apologises” Three Little Pigs lesson resource

    Need a fun and creative way to build English skills whilst developing students’ cognitive abilities? Look no further than the “The First Little Pig Apologises” lesson plan. This resource uses the classic Three Little Pigs story to teach literacy and advanced learning skills.

    The lesson imagines the first little pig has falsely claimed insurance money for his straw house being blown down. Students must write him an apology letter to the wolf to avoid prison! Crafting this informal letter teaches features like greetings, sign-offs and appropriate language.

    Collaborative activities analyse the choices of all three pigs when building their houses. Which pig took the biggest risk? Why might his insurance be higher? These discussions foster critical thinking, reasoning and verbal communication.

    Individual tasks further enhance self-regulation abilities, an essential skill for goal achievement. Reflecting on partner work rules boosts metacognition too. And there’s a great activity on learning motivations – external or internal – to develop self-awareness.

    Embedded throughout are opportunities to advance the four key evidence-based learning skills of collaboration, thinking, self-regulation and independent learning.

    The 5 minute teacher CPD focuses on the research behind self-regulation. It provides an excellent model for reflecting on how to translate evidence into practical classroom strategies.

    With its brilliant blend of literacy development and vital cognitive skills, I give this resource 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Students will love uncovering the first pig’s fraud and building a huge range of abilities at the same time. I highly recommend this for any primary English teaching.

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The First Little Pigs Apologises - KS2 English Evidence-Based Learning lesson
The First Little Pig Apologises