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Strategies for consolidating learning in a primary school setting

Written by: Richard Jones
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Richard Jones, Deputy Headteacher, Zaytouna Primary School, UK Since the introduction of the National Curriculum in 2014 and the ever-growing emphasis on children ‘knowing more (including knowing how to do more) and remembering more’ (Ofsted, 2019), ensuring that children consolidate their learning and do not simply ‘perform’ has become a particular priority within my practice. My current setting serves an area of high deprivation – on average, this group of children underperform when compared to their non-disadvantaged peers in key attainment measures, and 86.5 per cent of children speak English as an additional language, meaning that the processes involved in translating from target language to home language and back place an increased demand on the working memory. In order to support children in consolidating their learning in the early years of primary education, providing them with strategies to develop rapid recall and retention of knowledge and concepts is vital befor

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