Ceri Eccles

How to use retrieval quizzes in primary lessons

After hearing how low-stakes quizzes can help secondary students to retain prior learning, Ceri Eccles decided to introduce the approach to her Year 5 maths class with the aim of improving their ability to recall subject information over time

How to use retrieval quizzes in primary lessons

Retrieval practice through “quizzing” is a common fixture in secondary classrooms these days. But the approach – in which previous learning is systematically revisited to ensure knowledge is retained – is less explicitly talked about in primary settings.

After repeatedly attending CPD events at which the praises of quizzing were being sung, Year 5 teacher Ceri Eccles decided to translate it to her class and see what impact it had on their performance in maths. She tells Tes how it went.

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