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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.

Here are three examples of student-facing Checkpoints activities. Click on the image below to view all three slides.

The first Checkpoints activities are available for download below. 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.

Place value

Properties of number: factors, multiples, squares and cubes

Arithmetic procedures with integers and decimals

Expressions and equations

Plotting coordinates

Perimeter and area

Include the hashtag #NCETMCheckpoints on social media to share how you are using the materials and hear from other teachers using them.

In the dropdown at the bottom of this page, you can find out when the next activities will be published.

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 seminars take place on 26 January and 3 February. To sign up, and to request a link after the seminars have taken place, click 'Sign up now' below. 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.

Sign up now

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.

Key dates

Theme Expected release date
Place value July 2021 – Published
Properties of number: factors, multiples, squares and cubes July 2021 – Published
Arithmetic procedures with integers and decimals September 2021 – Published
Expressions and equations September 2021 – Published
Plotting coordinates Late November 2021 – Published
Perimeter and area Late November 2021 – Published
Arithmetic procedures including fractions Late January 2022
Understanding multiplicative relationships: fractions and ratio Late March 2022
Transformations Early May 2022
Seminars Date
Seminar 1 – Place value / Properties of number: factors, multiples, squares and cubes 1a – 13 July 2021 1530-1700
1b – 2 September 2021 1530-1700
Seminar 2 – Arithmetic procedures with integers and decimals / Expressions and equations 2a – 30 September 2021 1430-1600
2b – 12 October 2021 1530-1700
Seminar 3 – Plotting coordinates / Perimeter and area 3a – 29 November 2021 1530-1700
3b – 9 December 2021 1400-1530
Seminar 4 – Arithmetic procedures including fractions 4a – 26 January 2022 1530-1700
4b – 3 February 2022 1400-1530
Seminar 5 – Understanding multiplicative relationships: fractions and ratio 5a – 31 March 2022 1400-1530
5b – 5 April 2022 1530-1700
Seminar 6 – Transformations 6a – 3 May 2022 1530-1700
6b – 12 May 2022 1400-1530


The NCETM would like to thank the following teachers and others for helping shape and review these materials:

Helen Billinge, Laura Gill, Jenny Laurie, Colette Roche, Jayne Watts, Darren White, Andrea Wickham, Simon Cox, Amy Banks, Graham Charles, Martin Pickett, Catherine Tibbetts, Clare Dawson.

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