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Using Magic Gateways in Fantasy Stories

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Activities in this lesson include looking at the use of portals in fantasy stories in detail, including their use as a ‘magic gateway’. Activities also include learning how to design a poster, designing a poster about the use of portals in fantasy stories and answering higher and lower order questions.

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 Fantasy Story 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 Using Magic Gateways in Fantasy Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Teachers – Spellbinding New Fantasy Resource Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I’ve just discovered an enchanting KS2 English plan on fantasy portals called “Using Magic Gateways in Fantasy Stories”. This bewitching resource earns a five star grade for incrementally developing advanced learning skills!

    This lesson investigates fantasy portals in depth, analysing how they instantly transport characters between real and imaginary worlds. Activities consolidate this knowledge, getting students to apply their understanding in a poster design task.

    As well as literacy goals, these activities develop vital evidence-based abilities like critical thinking, metacognition and peer assessment.

    There’s even a 5 minute CPD excerpt on the power of metacognition to compensate for IQ, allowing you to magically enhance your professional knowledge.

    So if you’re looking to cast a spell on your students with a brilliant English lesson that covertly conjures up higher order skills, this fantasy gateway lesson comes highly recommended.

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