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The Giant writes a Recount

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Activities in this lesson include reading the full text of Jack and the Beanstalk, learning about the features of a recount, using the correct person, using fronted adverbials and writing a recount of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk from the giant’s perspective.

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-assessment 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 Jack and the Beanstalk 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 Giant writes a Recount

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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    Teachers – Enable Your Students to Retell Tales from Different Perspectives with “The Giant writes a Recount” Jack and the Beanstalk lesson – Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

    I’ve discovered a fantastic KS2 English lesson that flips the classic Jack and the Beanstalk story. Called “The Giant writes a Recount,” this resource empowers students to creatively retell events from the giant’s viewpoint!

    After reading the tale together, activities allow students to explore recount writing features before adopting the giant’s persona to chronicle his side of the story. Powerful skills developed include:

    – Using the first person perspective
    – Applying fronted adverbials
    – Ordering events chronologically
    – Collaborative writing

    And self-assessment tasks provide opportunities for critical reflection on learning.

    Additionally, an amazing 5 minute CPD resource draws on academic research to model self-assessment strategies that teachers can apply immediately.

    From story immersion through to teacher CPD, this unique lesson stretches literary understanding as students learn to retell a familiar plot from a different narrative angle.

    Why not plant some magic beans and watch your students retell tales in wonderfully unexpected ways!

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The Giant writes a Recount - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
The Giant writes a Recount