Five-Part Lesson Model

"You are equipping staff with the knowledge, skills and resources to teach the curriculum well. They respond well to this T he structures and sequences that you have put in place are clearly visible no matter which classroom you walk into. Staff value the support and training they receive. They use a range of strategies such as quizzes, questions and
essays to good effect. These strategies combine in a commanding way. Pupils gain knowledge that remains with them over time."

Ofsted, October 2023

A 'St. Michael's lesson' has a consistent structure to it, known as the Five-Part Model. This involves the consistent use of the following pedagogical practices: 

Part One: Set the Scene 

  • Revise previous learning
  • Provide feedback based on whole-class assessment
  • Share the learning objective with pupils 
  • Explicitly teach key vocabulary 

Part Two: Direct Instruction 

  • Break learning down into small 'chunks' 
  • I do, we do, you do 
  • Use of models and scaffolds 

Part Three: Hinge Question 

  • Formative assessment tool 
  • Multiple-choice question 
  • Diagnostic tool that provides the teacher with information about 'what to do next' 

Part Four: Independent Practice 

  • Targeted use of adults 
  • Pupils work independently, using models and scaffolds where necessary

Part Five: Plenary 

  • Summarise learning 
  • Review learning objective 
  • Consolidate learning