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The Storm

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This lesson looks at how the atmosphere in a story can change according to the time of day. Activities include answering higher and lower order questions based on a story extract and re-writing paragraphs from the extract.

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 Familiar Settings 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 Storm

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    “The Storm” Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Looking to teach year 3/4 how story atmosphere changes based on time of day while promoting evidence-based learning (EBL) abilities? Check out “The Storm,” lesson 8 in an 11-part Familiar Settings unit.

    This 20-page PDF thoughtfully integrates core English reading and writing activities with research-backed EBL instruction. Students analyse a gripping story extract through higher and lower order questions, rewrite passages from different points of view, and craft an original concluding paragraph. All the while, they build collaborative, thinking, assessment, self-regulation, and independent learning competencies.

    Icons throughout remind learners which of the 8 crucial EBL skills – like monitoring progress and redirecting efforts – they are developing at each stage. The lesson even models these skills by having students peer assess each other’s writing.

    For Teachers Too

    As an added bonus, a quick 5-minute teacher CPD section summarises research on fostering self-regulation. A practice-based activity helps strengthen this vital skill in your own classroom toolkit.

    I give this resource 5 stars for creatively aligning curriculum content with proven EBL pedagogies. Use it to teach atmosphere in an engaging way while empowering year 3/4 students with lifelong learning strategies.

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The Storm - Familiar Settings - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
The Storm