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18 Mar 2022

How to evidence learning in PSHE Lessons

6 easy ways to show what your class have learned in PSHE

Evidencing learning in PSHE:
6 easy ways to show what your class have learned in PSHE

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Evidencing. Often considered an obstacle to free-flowing lessons and schemes of work, it can feel like a momentous task to get it right without compromising on engaging learners. However, the six ideas below have been chosen to help blend evidencing seamlessly into your PSHE lessons.

1. Respond to an Agony Aunt Letter

 
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One way to show what your class has learned, and to allow them to put their newfound knowledge into action, is to consider how they would advise someone in a similar situation. Provide your learners with a sample Agony Aunt letter and ask them to write a response to it. Through their writing, it will be clear what they have taken from your lesson and whether they can apply this to real-life situations.


2. Create a decisions game

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Anything presented as a game is already a win in the classroom, and this one is no exception. Ask your class to design a decisions game and test it out on their peers. The premise is simple, and one that the magazine readers of your class may already recognise: start with a problem and create a flowchart with different decisions, all leading to different outcomes.


While learning this skill may take a little bit of teaching time, there are many fun examples available to show your class and plenty of templates online. Or, if you want to go off-piste, perhaps you might start a new teaching trend of your own.


3. Create a Word Association Map

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A quick and easy way to record what was discussed in a lesson in a fun and visually pleasing way, this one can form part of the lesson itself, or would work well as a 10-minute activity at the end. All you need to do is ask learners to write the topic across the middle of a page in large letters, before adding any other vocabulary around it. At a glance, it'll be clear what has been discussed, and will provide an all-important prompt for your class when revisiting their work.


4. Create a note-taking culture within your lessonsPSHE Lessons

This one takes a little more time, but the benefits are visible both across the curriculum and in equipping young people for life beyond the school gates.  

Allow your learners to have their books open in front of them and to write notes on what they're exploring in class. You may need to teach your class what note-taking looks like and the different ways to record information (such as bullet points, diagrams, and keywords lists), to feel the full effects. However, if it pays off, it will provide you with an insight into your learners' experiences within a lesson and can be used on a daily basis to build a bank of information.

5. Record a reflection
child reflecting on what they have learned in PSHE
Some quiet reflection time can help us to digest the information that we have just learned. While this reflection predominantly takes place in our minds, it can be helpful to write or record any key thoughts or realisations somewhere.

For young people, providing scaffolding through a set of questions will be helpful. These could include


- How could what you have learned in this lesson help you in the future?
- Can you think of a time when you were in a similar situation? How could what you learned today have helped you?
- How would you explain what you have learned today to somebody younger than you?


6. Use photos
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An oldie, but a goldie. On the occasions where the discussion was just too good, or where none of the above methods are suitable for recording a lesson, a photograph says a thousand words. Quick to snap on a school tablet, photos can be printed and, to provide extra evidence, learners can start their next PSHE lesson by writing a caption describing what the image shows.

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By using these 6 techniques to record learning, your learners' books will become a vital record of their thoughts, experiences, and learning journey. Their books will serve as a reminder of what has been taught, and provide a concise and engaging visual presentation for any external visitors who may want to see how PSHE is taught in your school. 

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