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The Development of Long-Term Memory

"92% of students report that they complete memory retrieval practice in every lesson"

(Student survey October 2019)

Pupils are provided with a variety of different opportunities throughout their learning to ensure that subject knowledge is consolidated into Long Term Memory. All lessons start with Memory Retrieval Practice. This can take the form of low stakes testing, spaced or interleaved testing, testing current knowledge or previously learned knowledge from previous years. Memory Retrieval Practice can be directed from analysis of the formal assessment which that year group / class had currently completed. Throughout the lesson, pupil’s knowledge is checked through effective questioning. Questioning at Reading Girls’ School can take the form of Open or Closed questioning. However, staffs are encouraged to ask as many open questions as possible throughout the lesson. Pupils who participate throughout the lesson are rewarded with talking tokens.