In one school a shared topic was organised. Children were asked for their prior knowledge in separate classes then had complete immersion altogether to check what they knew, resulting in misconceptions being revealed. Lower achievers were more likely to have higher level practical knowledge.
Four schools used pictures and statements for children to agree or disagree to obtain prior knowledge which involved children in an exciting way. It was interesting to see which aspects children were interested in (often different from teacher ideas). Children were very enthusiastic.
It was thought to be trickier to do this in older classes because of coverage demands (need to present the skills which will be covered to ensure this SC).
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