Reflections

Time for learners to reflect or review their learning is central to the whole process. This is in keeping with the ‘Learning to Learn’ principles and oracy expectations of the new National Curriculum where reflection/pupil presentation is seen as a very important part of individuals’ learning programme. Within the Learning Challenge Curriculum it is suggested that the final subsidiary learning challenge is handed over for learners to reflect on their learning. The idea is that learners present their learning back to the rest of the class making the most of their oracy and ICT skills to do so. Initially learners may require a great deal of direction so the reflection time may need to be presented in the form of a question which helps them to review their work.

Although reflection is seen as a concluding part of the prime learning challenge it is hoped that that there will be continual opportunities for learners to reflect frequently, especially as each subsidiary learning challenge comes to an end. Ideally, there should be a good deal of learner autonomy evident during reflection time. The clips and documents in this section illustrate the different ways that schools and academies have reflected on learning. There is no single right or wrong way to do this. These are simple reflections that may be useful for staff to see in order to realise that they can work towards something similar.

Your reflections are really useful for placing on the school’s website in order to share learning with parents and carers. The children love to watch them as well. They can be used to bring a different emphasis to assemblies with a focus on sharing learning.