End your lesson with a fun and engaging activity that helps your students revise the key ideas of the lesson and summarise its learning objectives. This end of lesson-activity is often called a Plenary.

A good plenary serves the following functions:

  • Recall – what has been learnt
  • Summarise– what are the key points
  • Evaluate – what do you think about what has been learnt? What are your feelings/opinions about what has been learnt? How important will this new learning be to you?
  • Connection – how does what has been learnt in this lesson link with other learning in this subject/other subjects?
  • Application – how could you use this knowledge? How might it help you?
  • Metalearning – what have we learnt about the learning process in this lesson? (//bit.ly/2hpHrU2)

Plenaries are useful for discussing the actual act of learning, for setting homework, for preparing students for next lesson’s topic and for extending students vocabulary by reviewing new words or phrases that were used throughout the lesson.

An example of a plenary is to ask students to draw a pyramid with three sections in the middle, in the bottom section they write things they have learned today,  in the middle section they write things they have been reminded of and in the top section they write questions they have about the lesson. Then have students compare their answers and feedback to the rest of class on what they have learned. Use questions about the lesson to help students recall information or to prepare them for next lesson.

Another example of a plenary is known as 5-5-1: first ask students to write five sentences about what they have learned, then summarise them into five words and then into a single word.

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