Ending A Lesson Slowly

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Hanna Beech

Hanna Beech has been teaching for ten years and has a range of experience across Key Stages 1 and 2 in a large Primary School in Kent. She is a phase leader for Years 3 and 4, and also leads on teaching and learning for...
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How can we slow down the end of a lesson?

Ending lessons can often feel like a rush but there are a few things we can do to slow things down a little.

Three Final Thoughts

Provide the class with the opportunity to summarise aspects of their learning from the lesson. Allocate around one minute for partner discussion and two minutes for sharing of ideas with the rest of the class.

Have a go at selecting one of the following as a focus:

  • Three final words: ask pupils to choose three words which summarise the learning.
  • Three final feelings: ask pupils to select three words which summarise how the lesson made them feel.
  • Three final facts: ask pupils to draw three key facts from the lesson.
  • Three final questions: provide the chance for pupils to pose three questions based on the day’s learning.
  • Three final strategies: discuss three key strategies or skills used during a lesson.

Why is it a good strategy?

  • It allows pupils to reflect upon and conclude their lessons, drawing key aspects of the learning together.
  • It allows teachers to understand what the pupils have gained from the lesson.


If providing facts, words or other prompts to select from, include something irrelevant or random, to see how pupils respond.

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