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Uncle Porky to the Rescue!

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Activities in this lesson include learning about the features of recounts such as fronted adverbials, first/third person, past tense, chronological order; and writing a recount of a new version of the Three Little Pigs.

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 metacognition 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 Three Little Pigs 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 Uncle Porky to the Rescue!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Want an Engaging Resource That Develops English and Thinking Skills? Try “Uncle Porky to the Rescue!” – Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I recently discovered a wonderful resource called “Uncle Porky to the Rescue!” which is part of a series of lessons based on traditional stories aimed at Key Stage 2 students. As both an English and a thinking skills resource in one, I think it offers excellent value for busy teachers.

    The student activities develop English skills such as understanding the features of recounts, using fronted adverbials, first/third person narration, past tense, and chronological order. Students then apply their learning by writing a recount retelling the Three Little Pigs story but with some fun plot twists – the pigs’ Uncle Porky rescues them from the Big Bad Wolf!

    What really makes this resource stand out is that it incorporates evidence-based learning (EBL) techniques. So whilst students are working on their English skills, they also develop vital thinking and learning abilities like collaboration, independent learning, and metacognition. These are clearly explained for students using child-friendly icons and language.

    There are partner and individual activities peppered throughout to optimise skills development, making it suitable for whole class teaching or small groups requiring differentiation.

    The icing on the cake is the five-minute CPD for teachers on metacognition, including an academic research extract and practical ideas to apply directly with students.

    I would thoroughly recommend “Uncle Porky to the Rescue!” to KS2 teachers looking for an all-in-one lesson. With its combined focus on English and evidence-based learning via an engaging traditional tale, it offers fantastic value. A five star resource!

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Uncle Porky to the Rescue - KS2 English Evidence-Based Learning lesson
Uncle Porky to the Rescue!