It’s still the summer holidays but we know your teacher minds are starting to drift back to work-related matters. Your brain has probably created a ‘to-do’ list as long as your arm and you’re determined to get it done before returning to school. We all know that preparing for a new school year can be arduous but the good news is – Beyond is here to help. A new school year means new Year 7 pupils. They come from different schools with different policies, teaching styles and attainment levels. Having to learn all their names is challenging enough not to talk of learning how you can best support them in their learning. The quickest and simplest way to find out where your pupils are in their learning is to have them complete a KS3 baseline assessment.
KS3 baseline assessments are used to assess the pupil’s current attainment level. They provide a benchmark that can help you identify the areas where they need to improve and this data can be used to track their progress throughout the year. As the end of summer draws near, we have hand-picked a selection of baseline tests to help you prepare for the coming year.
KS3 Baseline Assessment English
Year 7 Baseline Fiction Reading Assessment Pack
This Year 7 Baseline Fiction Reading Assessment Pack makes assessing your new year seven classes effortless. The reading test is based on an extract from Alice in Wonderland and will help determine what level your pupils are working at. Each pupil will be tested on their ability to understand a text, information retrieval, language analysis and structure analysis.
The Year 7 reading assessment is perfect for completing at the beginning of the year and it can be adapted for home learning or used in the classroom as part of your end of topic assessments. This resource is easy to use and simple to access. Just download the material in the pack, print it off or view from a smart device, and let students answer the questions. Many problems are discovered and solved with baseline testing. If you decide your students need a little extra help with their reading after they’ve done this assessment, you can use this reading intervention booklet to support them.
Year 7 Baseline Fiction Reading Assessment Pack contains:
- Editable Fiction Writing Mark Scheme.docx
- Alice In Wonderland Extract.pdf
- Fiction Reading Assessment Questions.pdf
Year 7 Non-Fiction Baseline Reading Assessment Pack
Like the baseline test above, Beyond’s Year 7 Non-Fiction Baseline Reading Assessment Pack is an easy way to assess your new year seven pupils’ reading ability but this time it’s all based on a non-fiction text. The non-fiction extract is accompanied by questions which will test your pupils’ ability to retrieve information, explain and analyse a text. Non-fiction texts allow pupils to gather contextual knowledge and learn about real-world issues, whether they be historical, topical or social – this will help expand their minds. The assessment pack comes with a clear and detailed mark scheme that can be easily adapted to your school’s unique grading system.
Year 7 Baseline Non-Fiction Reading Assessment Pack contains:
- Editable Fiction Writing Mark Scheme.docx
- Is Childrens’ Literature Dead Extract.pdf
- Non-Fiction Reading Assessment Questions.pdf
Year 7 Baseline Narrative/Descriptive Writing Assessment Pack
Find out how creative your new pupils are with this Year 7 Baseline Narrative/Descriptive Writing Assessment Pack. The baseline test allows you to choose from five assessments with different images to inspire the creativity and imagination of your pupils. Use this test and the adaptable mark scheme to assess your new classes this year. The mark scheme covers characterisation, structure, ideas and SPaG so you’ll be able to assist your pupils with any areas they need to improve on.
Year 7 Baseline Narrative/Descriptive Writing Assessment Pack contains:
- Editable Fiction Writing Mark Scheme.docx
- Five Baseline Tests.pdf
Year 7 Non-Fiction Baseline Writing Assessment
Beyond’s Year 7 Baseline Non-Fiction Writing Assessment Pack contains four awesome assessments that will test your pupils on their ability to present their opinion and persuade the reader. All the assessments are based on real world issues and the planning sheets encourage your pupils to consider all the elements needed to create a well rounded and persuasive argument. The success criteria, language techniques and idea prompts guide them as they formulate their responses. The assessment includes marks for structure, ideas and SPaG to give an overall view of your pupils’ writing ability.
Year 7 Baseline Non-Fiction Writing Assessment Pack contains:
- Editable Non-Fiction Writing Mark Scheme.docx
- Non-Fiction Writing Charity Speech Planning Grid.pdf
- Non-Fiction Writing Environment Speech Planning Grid.pdf
- Non-Fiction Writing Fast Food Planning Grid.pdf
- Non-Fiction Writing Mobile Phone Newspaper Planning Grid.pdf
KS3 Baseline Assessment Maths
Year 7 Baseline Maths Test Gold
This Year 7 Baseline Maths Test is excellent for assessing pupils’ attainment and progress when they first arrive in September or during the transition to secondary school. This baseline Maths test is aimed at higher ability pupils and it assesses them on the content of the Year 6 curriculum, ranging from the simplest to the most complex features and offers some problem solving to act as extension material. Year 7 Baseline Test Gold is test 3 in the Year 7 Baseline Maths Assessment Pack and it aims to assess those pupils who achieved higher than the scaled score of 100 in SATs. The results of the test are a perfect way to check if Maths intervention is needed before starting the Year 7 maths curriculum.
Year 7 Baseline Maths Test Gold contains:
- Mark Scheme.pdf
Year 7 Baseline Maths Test Silver
Beyond’s Year 7 Baseline Maths Test Silver is great for assessing pupils’ performance at the beginning of transition or as a Year 7, term 1 Maths test. This is assessment 2 of 3 and is suitable for the average, middle ability pupil. Like the gold assessment, it also tests pupils on the full range of the Year 6 curriculum and offers some problem solving to act as extension material. The content is accessible to all while providing enough differentiation to rank even those who are very comfortable with the Year 6 content and who are more than ready for Year 7 Maths.
Year 7 Baseline Maths Test Silver contains:
- Year 7 Baseline Assessment Answers.pdf
- Year 7 Baseline Assessment.pdf
Year 7 Baseline Maths Test Bronze
The Year 7 Baseline Test Bronze A Year 7 Baseline Test is a fantastic tool for checking the learning status of your pupils during their transition to KS3 Maths in Year 7. This test is aimed at lower attaining pupils as it covers the curriculum taught in Year 5 Maths and is shorter in length in comparison to the Year 7 Baseline Test Silver and Year 7 Baseline Test Gold. It provides helpful data which teachers can use to plan and tailor their lessons to the needs of their classes.
Year 7 Baseline Maths Test Bronze contains:
- Year 7 Baseline Test – Mark Scheme.pdf
- Year 7 Baseline Test.pdf
KS3 Baseline Assessment Science
Secondary Science KS3 Baseline Assessment Pack
The Secondary Science KS3 Baseline Assessment Pack allows teachers to assess the knowledge and attainment of their pupils prior to starting their KS3 Science studies. This comprehensive assessment pack tracks knowledge across the three sciences, it contains baseline tests, test analysis spreadsheets, and much more. Encourage a love for scientific learning in your classroom by using the results of the baseline tests to modify your teaching to accommodate the learning needs of your pupils. This assessment pack works brilliantly in conjunction with our KS3 Science Baseline Test Gap Analysis Spreadsheets as it will help you track the progress of your pupils.
Secondary Science KS3 Baseline Assessment Pack contains:
- 1x Biology Test Analysis Spreadsheet
- 1x Chemistry Test Analysis Spreadsheet
- 1x Physics Test Analysis Spreadsheet
- 1x Biology Baseline Test
- 1x Biology Baseline Test – Mark Scheme
- 1x Chemistry Baseline Test
- 1x Chemistry Baseline Test – Mark Scheme
- 1x Physics Baseline Test
- 1x Physics Baseline Test – Mark Scheme
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