Craig-James Skelton

Primary Teacher

Victoria Primary

  • Assessment For Learning

What Happens When I Use Plenaries in my Classroom?


To be an effective practitioner you must reflect on your teaching practice. Through discussion, as a group, it was discovered that the plenary aspects of all our lessons was an area in which we could improve as teachers. We as group would complete research to assess how the delivery of an effective plenary would affect the teaching and learning in our classrooms. We have completed a plenary at the end of each of our lessons and assessed how it has affected the learning of our children. We used plenary cards, which have a range of activities for the children to choose from. These activities were completed whole class and children where split into mix ability groups in order to complete these tasks.


As group we looked to use these plenary ideas as a method of formative assessment that would allow us, as teachers to adapt our future lesson to best suit the learners in our classrooms. During the planning phase of our project we had to consider which method of delivery would be most effective in our classrooms. The Scottish Governments National Improvement Framework (2016) states that children should be at the centre of their own learning. With the idea of placing children at the centre of their own learning, we as a class we designed plenary ideas and lessons that the children felt allowed them to demonstrate their understanding of the lesson and gave them an opportunity to offer and receive feedback from their peers. Turner (1999) suggests that from a young age children are able comminute what they need from their own education. As children were involved in designing and creating these lessons their engagement with in this section of the lesson would mean that it would create an ideal opportunity of effective formative assessment.

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