I was chatting with a colleague today about the OFSTED 'ideal' lesson and we came to the conclusion that, if you taught what OFSTED seem to be describing as necessary to be outstanding lessons every day, then your students would probably not end up with outstanding results in the end! There seems to be little acceptance with the powers that be that consolidation is usually necessary to gain fluency. When I was learning to drive the car I managed a hill start without rolling back one day. Did that mean that this skill was 'sorted' - I guess not because the following day I rolled back. It was through much practising that it became 'second nature' (with a failed test during which I rolled back on a hill start too!) Surely it is use of (and selection of) skills becoming 'second nature' that we aspire for our students. Part of the art of a good teacher is knowing when practice has gone from being useful (building to it being 2nd nature) to wasted time (once it's already secure!).