This lesson is based on classroom practice that has been proven, by research, to work.

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Activities in this lesson include learning how to describe characters (especially robots) in science fiction stories using the four conventional ways; lots of grammar stuff such as prepositional and adjectival phrases and writing a paragraph to describe a robot.

The five-minute evidence-based CPD activity at the end of this lesson offers teachers an opportunity to add to their skill set. The CPD activity in this lesson develops peer teaching by asking the question “what are the benefits of peer teaching?”


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 Science Fiction 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


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5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – Describe a Robot