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The Hare and the Tortoise

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Activities in this lesson include reminders about the main features of fables, learning about the moral in fables in general and the moral in The Hare and the Tortoise, The Fox and the Crow and The Dog and His Reflection in particular.

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 Hare and the Tortoise

  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 Skills through Fables with the “The Hare and the Tortoise” lesson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I’ve come across a brilliant KS2 resource for teaching the classic fable, The Hare and the Tortoise, in a way that interweaves English skills with four key evidence-based learning skills. This ingenious lesson design seamlessly incorporates collaboration, thinking skills, self-regulation and independent learning into the learning process.

    Engaging student activities include:
    ✅ Revisiting the key features of fables
    ✅ Identifying the moral in The Hare and the Tortoise fable
    ✅ Interpreting morals from other Aesop’s fables
    ✅ Explaining the meaning of fable-inspired sayings

    As students work through the tasks, they will be developing collaborative skills by working together in groups with assigned roles. They will use thinking skills to determine appropriate morals and provide examples. The self-regulation activity gets students to assess their own group work performance. Finally, the independent learning task requires justification of moral choices.

    There is also a 5 minute CPD activity for teachers on collaborative learning. This features a research extract examining how group work builds complex thinking, alongside a template to map the collaborative learning process taking place in your classroom.

    I would highly recommend this comprehensive fables lesson. It gets top marks for effectively blending English and evidence-based skills development in a creative way. I’m awarding it 5 stars – why not try it yourself and see the impact on learning in your classroom?

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The Hare and the Tortoise - Fable - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
The Hare and the Tortoise