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The Fox and the Goat

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Activities in this lesson include learning about the features of fables including their purpose, reading the full text of Aesop’s famous fable The Fox and the Goat, answering higher and lower order questions about this fable, arranging the events in the fable in chronological order, writing a tweet that the goat might write about not getting tricked by crafty foxes even if you are really thirsty!

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 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 Goat

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teaching with Aesop’s Fables: A ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Cross-Curricular Resource

    Seeking an imaginative way to advance literacy and critical thinking together? This excellent KS2 fable lesson using Aesop’s classic tale “The Fox and The Goat” is a complete English resource ideal for building reading, writing, analysis and more.

    Students will analyse the key devices in fables, applying this to a full reading of The Fox and The Goat. Identifying features like character archetypes, morals and story structure develops textual comprehension. Creative writing, collaborative discussion and self-review activities then reinforce this.

    Group work and individual tasks seamlessly integrate vital evidence-based skills too. Peer assessment strengthens reasoning abilities. Self-regulation teaches students to manage their own learning. And the 5 minute teacher CPD models best practice reflection – evaluating an activity to improve lessons.

    With its blend of reading, writing, analysis and critical thinking via playful content, I’d give this ready-made Fox and Goat fable lesson 5 stars. It meets UK curricular goals for advancing literacy and 21st century skills through an engaging literary form. Students will love the cunning animal tale as they progress communication skills with this high quality cross-curricular package.

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