This set of 20 teaching tasks provide tailored interventions for the AQA KS3 Science syllabus in response to gaps diagnosed by the Transition Tests. With active assessment ideas, commentary on student responses, and examples of further intervention this will provide invaluable support to teachers managing the critical transition to GCSE.
• Fully matched to the AQA KS3 Science syllabus, the Big Ideas framework and Enquiry Processes, and supporting the Mastery Goals necessary for success • Consists of 20 teaching interventions for use once assessment of knowledge and skills has been undertaken and gaps and weaknesses diagnosed • Structured as a mirror image of the Transition Tests with two tasks per Big Idea, the first for Year 1 topics and a second for Year 2 topics • Situates the teaching support in context by linking to previous and forthcoming concepts, establishing why the task supports GCSE ‘readiness’ and listing the relevant AQA mastery statements • Includes a variety of active task types, both open and closed, as well as simple suggestions for teacher-led dialogue to elicit student’s ideas • Provides invaluable guidance on assessing student’s responses including mastery criteria, common misconceptions and ideas for further interventions • Flexible support for teachers who want to ensure learning is embedded and particularly useful for non-specialists and those new to teaching
About the Author
Ed Walsh is Science Adviser in Cornwall and the Series Editor for Collins KS3 Science. He has contributed to Collins KS4 Science books supporting courses from AQA, EdExcel and OCR, and has written materials for the Secondary National Strategy. Ed was a teacher for 20 years, 12 as subject leader, and has taught in Manchester, South Wales and Cornwall. He is a regular provider of CPD events at ASE Conferences.