As we run towards the first go at the new GCSE examinations – which I know we are all looking forward to – as many schools will be, we are a little anxious. We are running a series of ‘mini-assessments’ to revisit different topics that our students should have covered previously. It also allows us to investigate gaps in understanding. Our process is…
- A class completes a mini-assessment under exam conditions (they are designed to only last 10-15 minutes) once per week – all our Year 11s do this at the same time each week.
- The assessment is either self or peer-assessed immediately after – this is done using the power-point mark scheme. This is designed for the teacher to explain the question and its solution in some depth.
- At some point that week, any gaps uncovered during the assessment are addressed by the teacher.
- The marks for each assessment are collected centrally and entered on a spreadsheet. This allows us to track whole-cohort understanding (or lack) of the different topics covered. During mock examinations, this gap analysis designs a portion of the paper we will set students and allows us to report to parents where gaps in understanding are on an individual as well as year group basis.
Below are links to download each mini-assessment (there is a foundation as well as a higher tier assessment – with an overlap question) as well as the power-point mark schemes. I have also included the tracking spreadsheet we are using which has conditional formatting – blue is excellent understanding, yellow reasonable but not yet secure, red poor understanding and very insecure. Just enter your class list and enter the marks and the box should(!) colour as appropriate! I’ve only uploaded the pdf versions of the assessments as these should download more easily to different computers – if you want the editable word versions, please get in touch. Feel free to pass on any feedback if you do use them.
Tracker Spreadsheet (This will be updated each week to include future assessments)
Mini Assessment 1 – Number – Fractions Decimals Percentages Ratio
Mini Assessment 2 – Algebra – Linear equations and expressions
Mini Assessment 3 – Shape – Angle relationships
Mini Assessment 4 – Handling Data – Averages
Mini Assessment 5 – Contextual Questions (1)
Mini Assessment 6 – Number – Types of number
Mini Assessment 7 – Algebra – Forming and Solving Equations
Mini Assessment 8 – Shape and Space – Pythagoras and Trigonometry
Mini Assessment 9 – Probability
Mini Assessment 10 – Ratio and Proportion
Mini Assessment 11 – Sequences
Mini Assessment 12 – Perimeter, Area, Volume
Mini Assessment 13 – Estimation
Mini Assessment 14 – Sequences (and Iteration for Higher Tier) – similar to assessment 11 – we are now looking at how students are responding to revisiting some topics.
Mini Assessment 15 – Quadratics (for Higher – including factorising, solving, completing the square and solving disguised quadratics) and Expressions and Equations (for Foundation – basic simplifying and factorising, solving linear equations and solving a quadratic)
Mini Assessment 16 – Covering a variety of non-calculator questions
Mini Assessment 17 – Circles – the foundation one looks at naming the parts of the circle as well as area/circumference of a circle. The higher one looks at area as well as circle theorems.
Mini Assessment 18 – Forming and Solving Equations. This looks at forming expressions and equations from statements, using angle relationships as well as area and then solving them.