Carmel Cook

Primary Teacher

St. Helen's Primary School

  • Assessment For Learning

How do different plenary approaches affect learning outcomes?


Plenaries are essential to linking children’s learning to assessment. It provides the opportunity for children to assess their learning from their intended learning outcome and success criteria. It enables children to discuss their learning and next steps that they would take to improve or challenge themselves. Fisher (2002) explains that one of the main reasons to finish with a plenary is to allow the children to explain how they have arrived at an answer and what skills they may have used to achieve this. This allows children to expand on appropriate language and provides them the opportunity to understand how to apply new processes to different aspects of learning (Department for Education and Skills, 2004).


The aim of this enquiry is to deepen the understanding of how different plenary strategies may affect learning outcomes within a primary classroom.

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