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James Medforth has been using our ActiveLearn: Progress & Assess for Science within his daily teaching, listen to what he has to say.

"I think the biggest challenge for students going forward is understanding the new grading system and understanding where that puts them nationally. Also being able to identify their strengths and weaknesses as they are going through the course so that they can be best prepared for their GCSEs." 
- James Medforth, Head of Science, King Harold Academy

What's in the Progression Maps?

The Progression Map builds on the Scale, breaking down the curriculum with clear process descriptors, any prior knowledge required and boosters for additional challenge. This provides you with a more detailed view of how learning progresses across each of the 12 steps.   


                        An extract from the Science Progression Map 


We use a two dimensional approach when determining the Step for a progress descriptor or question:

  • Topic areas across the 11-16 curriculum are given a ‘baseline Step’ from 1 to 8 according to conceptual demand. For example: the idea that different materials have different properties is conceptual Step 1, whereas protein synthesis is conceptual Step 8.
  • Then the cognitive demand is factored in using Bloom’s taxonomy: we add between 0 to 4 cognitive Steps depending on the format of the progress descriptor or question. For example: Those that start 'State...', 'List...', 'Identify...' are cognitive Step 0, and those that start 'Compare...', 'Evaluate...', 'Justify...' are cognitive Step 4. 

We add these together to get the final Step. 


Q: A cyclist is riding along a flat road without pedalling. The air resistance is 10 N and friction is 5 N. What is the resultant force on the bike?

Resultant forces is at baseline Step 6, and cognitively we've put this question at Step 2 (demonstration of understanding), so overall this is a Step 8 question.

Q: Each chromosome contains one very long strand of a polymer. Give the name of this polymer.

Chromosomes and genes is at baseline Step 6, and cognitively we've put this question at Step 0 (recall), so overall this is a Step 6 question.


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