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The Tin Soldier and All That + PDF & Word Files


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  1. The Tin Soldier 
  2. Simple and Complex Traditional Stories (1) 
  3. Simple and Complex Traditional Stories (2) 


This set of KS2 English lessons on traditional stories provides an engaging way for students to build literacy skills while developing crucial evidence-based learning abilities.

The first lesson introduces the classic tale of The Steadfast Tin Soldier. As students read this suspenseful story, they answer comprehension questions that develop analysis skills. Creative writing, collaboration, metacognition, and independent work further strengthen key competencies.

The second lesson has students compare early and later traditional tales, identifying differences in settings, characters, and plot complexity. Joint report writing cements textual understanding while peer feedback sharpens analytical thinking.

The third lesson recap features of simple and complex tales then analyses an excerpt from The Palace That Nobody Found. Literacy is built through higher and lower order questions. Metacognitive, collaborative, and autonomous activities systematically cultivate effective learning techniques. With reading, writing, comparison, discussion, and reflection tasks seamlessly integrating both literacy and evidence-based learning goals, this 5-star KS2 English resource pack enables immersive skill-building. Busy primary school teachers will love the engaging content teaching English objectives and learning abilities in one ready-made solution.

These 8 skills are the EBL skills developed across these Tin Soldier lessons. 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


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The Tin Soldier and All That + PDF & Word Files