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Assessing pupils against the Yearly Objectives

The Key Stage 3 Framework for Science identifies 5 key areas in which pupils' progress can be tracked.

We have provided you with two different means of assessing pupils' progress in each of these key areas.

Progress Tests

Five tests for each year of Key Stage 3 are provided here, based on material taken from the End of Unit tests provided with Exploring Science. These tests are intended to replace the End of Unit tests, not to be used in addition to them.

Mark schemes are provided to help you to link pupils' performance to National Curriculum levels. Each test has a total of 20 marks, so you can just add up the marks for all 5 tests in one year to get a percentage mark.

The tests are closely based on the Yearly Objectives outlined in the Framework, and as a result the tests do not all cover the same range of levels. You may not wish to use some of the tests with lower attaining classes.

The tests and mark scheme are provided as pdf files for you to print out and use directly. You will need Acrobat Reader® installed on your computer to access these files. If you haven't already installed this program, it can be downloaded free from the Adobe website.

Key Area Cells Interdependence
Particles
Forces
Energy
Year 7
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Year 8
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Year 9
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Progress Portfolios

Lower attaining pupils are likely to find it difficult to demonstrate their understanding via the Progress Tests provided above. However it can be demonstrated that these pupils have studied the relevant areas, and achieved some degree of understanding, by keeping a record of relevant classwork and homework. This can either be a portfolio of completed worksheets, or a record of the marks achieved for relevant pieces of work. Thus a pupil who may not be able to answer level 6 or 7 questions on particles, for instance, may still be able to demonstrate that they have some understanding of particle theory via their portfolio.

To assist you in maintaining this kind of record we have identified suitable worksheets from the published Exploring Science materials for each key area, and also provided additional worksheets here on the website where necessary.

It is not intended that this process should create more work. The worksheets identified or provided can be used as normal classwork or homework sheets.

Year 7
Cells
Interdependence
Particles
Forces
Energy
Year 8
Cells
Interdependence
Particles
Forces
Energy
Year 9
Cells
Interdependence
Particles
Forces
Energy
 
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