Unit 1: Lesson scaffolding
This is the core unit in a series of support materials to strengthen Assessment for Learning (AfL) in science. This unit focuses on how you can structure pupils' learning, by using learning objectives, learning targets and success criteria, to develop Quality First teaching. It includes a progression table and suggested activities to help you improve practice.
Related AfL quality standards
These materials link closely with the following quality standards developed for AfL.
- 2.1. All teachers have a secure and shared understanding of AfL and how it impacts on learning and standards.
- 2.2. All teachers have a good understanding of progression in the key concepts and skills in their subject.
- 2.5. In lessons, all pupils have a clear understanding of what they are trying to learn (learning objectives), how they can recognise achievement (learning outcomes), what 'good' looks like (success criteria) and why they are learning this (big picture).
Learn about the focus and purpose of this unit, and find a progression table to support your self-evaluation.
Once you have identified which area of lesson scaffolding you need to improve using the progression table, and know which development stage you are currently at, you can choose an activity based on the level of progression. In this section you can find a series of suggested activities for each focus area, so you can pinpoint those that will help you progress to the next stage of development.
Find a summary of the key messages from this unit.