Year 7 Activate Pre-assessments

Year 7 Activate Pre-assessments

The biggest factor in what students learn is what they already understood, or didn't, prior to teaching. These Pre-assessment tasks are designed to elicit understanding of essential prior concepts and scientific thinking skills. The tasks activate students' knowledge and reveal gaps in knowledge and misconceptions so that you can improve the foundations for future learning.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Helps my department to move y7 & 8 teaching and learning more towards a style that emphasises wha...

I have already planned out a Y7 & 8 teaching order and so am selecting Mastery topics and inserting parts from them into these topics when groups meet them. At first I have used Diagnostic and re-assessment quizzes as routine elements of reviews of topics. Students notice that they have to pause to consider which of the mulitple choice responses is best and I appreciate the way that feedback grids offer reasons why the best answer is deemed best as well as why the weaker ones are deemed weaker. Other activities (Acquire and Exploration slideshows) are increasingly offered as alternative lesson structures to the ones previously planned, the overall effect being to shift the tone of 'normal' teaching and learning towards one in which working with ideas takes a more prominent role than defining ideas. I am finding that pupils may take longer to get into these slightly more demanding types of task (some pre-thinking is required to appreciate what new response the task is asking for). However, the outcome meets both the need to encounter and understand a basic idea and the more challenging need to give pupils practice in constructing more flexible and useful ways to deploy these ideas.

Balanced and unbalanced forces

An excellent resource which challenges pupils to think for themselves. It promotes learning autonomy and deeper thinking. A pleasure to use.

Detect, Recall and Solve

This book is a useful way to get students to think about problems in an orderly way, using a three-step "Detect, Recall and Solve" system. The benefits of the method may not be immediately obvious to students, who are likely to rush to an answer, but persistence in following the steps should help students as soon as the solutions become less obvious (in the Mixed-Up questions section). There could be a case for adding a fourth step that involves identifying the information given, rather than just detecting the nature of the problem, but this refinement doesn't detract from the basic method. The questions themselves are nicely pitched towards GCSE-type problems rather than easier KS3 content although there is some simplification to make topics more accessible. This is a great resource to have available but be aware that there is less chemistry content than physics and biology.


was easy to read - great for ELL students and got the information needed to the students easily

Feedback and intervention

I and the department are very impressed with the design and the specific feedback and intervention activities for students.

Dramatic increase in learning

Really delighted with the content! My headteacher observed me doing my first rethink session. She was absolutely delighted with the learning she saw taking place and is supportive of us investing in it. Much of the success of the mastery for all assessment has been in the bespoke response to the misconceptions so clearly pinpointed by the diagnostic test. The tasks quickly and effectively address these misconceptions and the extend tasks are a fabulous way to take most able pupils to a greater depth in the learning. The dramatic increase in the marks between the diagnostic and the retest are testament to the success of the reteaching interventions.