This year grades 1-9 were introduced into the tracking system for Key Stage 3. I struggled at first, in fact I still am, but the Need to Know Learning Matrix were my approach to tracking progress over the term for each of topics studied.
Not only does it allow me to track progress, outline Schemes of Work to the students and provide feedback, it encourages independent learning and reduces the time i spend marking and writing extensive feedback.
I started the year with simply listing need to know questions and success criteria but then realised that by coding the criteria I could provide quality feedback without the extensive write comments in the students books.
I simply use two different colour highlighters, fill in the key and highlight the coded success criteria. Firstly I highlight the criteria achieved in one colour, then highlight the criteria I would like the students to attempt in another; once this criteria has been achieved I simply tick it off.
I quickly l took to writing WWW and listing the criteria codes followed by the level up steps and the criteria codes I wanted the student to work on during DIRT. Sometimes I just write the criteria code with a tick to indicate it’s completion.
For lower ability students I may write questions to support them in achieving the coded criteria with a box to indicate the expected length of the answer.
If this has intrigued you can download my Need to Know Learning Matrix template here.
I’ve also uploaded a number of them on to TES, feel free to download and leave feedback.
- The Romans and Pompeii
- Dangerous World PBL
- Extreme Environments – Tropical Rainforests
- Exploring England and the British Isles
- Food and Farming – Local History and Source Analysis
- Exploration and Adventure
- Exteme Environments – Antarctica
- Population and Megacities
- Law and Order in Victorian London – Linked to Jack the Ripper
- Women’s Suffrage and the Right to Vote
Hope they’re of use.