Differentiated worksheets to assess learners’ understanding and misconceptions in key topics
These worksheets assess content common across 11–14 and 14–16 specifications. They can be used to identify learners’ knowledge gaps and misconceptions once you have finished teaching or before revisiting each topic.
At present the worksheets cover four curriculum topics:
How to use these resources
The worksheets can be used in a variety of ways:
- to assess learners’ knowledge at the beginning or end of a period of teaching – the level of the worksheet used can be matched to the support needs of your learners
- to assess knowledge during a period of teaching, after learners have completed relevant sections
- as a revision tool prior to examination
- as a refresher exercise for learners or teachers looking to check their own subject knowledge.
Three levels of support, provide options depending on the diverse support needs of learners. An editable version of each worksheet provides further opportunities to adapt the resources to meet individual learning needs. There is also scope to increase the level of the worksheets used, as learners progress through their curriculum.
Level 1, identified with a single star in the header, is a scaffolded worksheet in which learners select words from a word list to complete sentences. Level 2, identified by two stars in the header, is a partially scaffolded worksheet in which learners complete sentences. Level 3, with three stars in the header, is an unscaffolded worksheet in which most of the tasks involve answering questions with a minimum of prompts.
Independent learning and metacognition
The ‘What do I understand?’ page is common to all worksheets. Learners are encouraged to develop independent learning skills and can use their reflection as a guide for revision. The feedback will also help you to identify areas where a whole class needs attention.
The teacher notes provide model answers for each level, plus guidance on learners’ common misconceptions. Learners can use the model answers to self- or peer assess.