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Reflection Time

As a school, we believe that reflection time is one of the most vital steps in pupil learning and progress. We will ensure that our pupils are given time to reflect upon their learning for 20 minutes at the end of the day at least 3 times per week.

Why is reflection time so important?

Reflection helps us to recognise what and how we have learned and what we need to focus on in the future. Scaffolding reflection in the classroom is helping our pupils to develop and use the skills of peer and self-assessment – reflecting on what they have learned, and self-evaluation – reflecting on how they’ve learned it. Reflection should be about valuing and encouraging pupil involvement – getting them to share ideas, listen to each other and develop the confidence to join in.

How do pupils become reflective learners?

Just like anything, being reflective is a learned behaviour. It must be taught. The best way to teach this is to model it. As teachers we should be modelling the language to the pupils and thinking out loud about their thought processes. Through encouraging this, reflection will become common place for pupils at Windmill.

Example questions to pose during reflection time:

  • Can you tell me something new you have learned today?

  • What was the skill you were learning or practising today?

  • What skills did you already know to complete that task?

  • What was something you liked about your learning today?

  • What is something you didn’t like so much about your learning today?

  • What was something interesting you found out?

  • According to the success criteria in your lessons, do you think you were successful? Why/why not?

  • What was the most challenging part of your learning today?

  • If you could give a tip to the class, what would it be?

  • If you could start again today, what would you do differently?

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Windmill Primary School,
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Tel:01933 623121


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