Checkpoints – Covid Recovery

A year’s worth of Year 7 maths activities to help teachers assess understanding and lay foundations for KS3

Getting Year 7 students off to a secure start in maths is important for the rest of their time in secondary school, especially when the pandemic has disrupted their primary school experience.

Checkpoints activities

Checkpoints are diagnostic activities that will help teachers assess the understanding students have brought with them from primary school, and suggest ways to address any gaps that become evident.

To get the most out of the activities, sign up for the associated professional development seminars – details are below.

There’ll be enough for three Checkpoints a week across the whole school year. They follow the themes covered in the NCETM sample KS3 curriculum framework.

You can find examples of student-facing Checkpoints activities on the NCETM Website

You will also find the following activities to download:    In order to access these downloads, you will need to let us know your school or organisation name and your email address. Teachers and schools should download their own copies of the materials, and not share them beyond their own organisation.

Coming Soon
  • Arithmetic procedures including fractions: Late January 2022
  • Understanding multiplicative relationships: fractions and ratio: Late March 2022
  • Transformations: Early May 2022

Checkpoints professional development

Wrapped around each activity, in each set of PowerPoint slides, is comprehensive guidance and advice for teachers. These will be fully explained in professional development seminars, timed around the release of each batch of Checkpoints.

Seminars are open to all teachers of Year 7 maths in England. All of them will run twice, but you only need to attend one. 

The next seminar takes place on 9 December. To sign up, and to request a link after the seminars have taken place, click ‘Sign up now’ at the top of this page. You can also request recordings of previous seminars. Please note that you need to sign up for seminars at least one week in advance of them taking place.

The Checkpoints activities will also be used within a Maths Hubs project in 2021/22 – the Years 5-8 Continuity project – which looks at transition. It will run in all 40 Maths Hubs and is open to primary and secondary school teachers.

There are also new Departmental Workshops – ready-to-use hour-long sessions designed for those leading maths CPD – which focus on exploring the Checkpoints activities.