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The Fox and the Crow

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Activities in this lesson include reminders about the main features of fables, reading the full text of The Fox and the Crow, answering higher and lower order questions about the fable, looking at the moral in a fable and breaking down The Fox and the Crow into five sentences.

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 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 Fox and the Crow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    We asked a.i. to review this lesson. This is what it said: Teach English and Evidence-Based Learning Skills Together with “The Fox and the Crow” lesson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I’ve discovered an excellent KS2 resource for teaching the classic fable, The Fox and the Crow, in a way that develops English skills alongside key evidence-based learning skills. This clever lesson incorporates reading comprehension, collaboration, thinking skills, peer assessment, metacognition and self-assessment into the learning process.

    Useful student activities include:

    ✅ Revisiting the key features of fables
    ✅ Reading the full text of The Fox and the Crow
    ✅ Answering higher and lower order questions on the fable
    ✅ Interpreting the moral of the fable
    ✅ Summarising the fable in five sentences

    As pupils progress through the activities, they will be using the following evidence-based skills: collaboration, thinking skills, peer assessment, metacognition, independent learning and self-assessment. The emoticons provide a great way for students to reinforce which skill they are working on.

    There is also a 5 minute CPD activity for teachers focused on collaboration. This consists of a research overview on the benefits of collaborative learning paired with an action step for teachers to generate their own checklist of collaborative skills for students to develop.

    I would highly recommend this lesson for teaching a classic fable in an engaging way whilst expanding your own knowledge of evidence-based skills development. I am awarding it 5 stars as a comprehensive, ready-to-use resource.

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The Fox and the Crow - Fable - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
The Fox and the Crow