Continuing the theme from yesterday, a time saver. I picked up a BBC KS3 Bitesize book, Check and Test Science. Each page has a summary of an idea, such as ‘special cells’ or ‘selective breeding’, which uses key words and simple diagrams. The bottom third of each page has questions to test what a student knows, which can be answered (or at least explained) by the facts above.
Again, the questions aren’t anything we couldn’t manage ourselves. The advantage comes when you’re short of time or low on inspiration. Numerical examples and specific chemical equations stop you from using the same, easy to remember versions each time.
As far as I can see, this book isn’t available many places new but finding something similar should be easy. I’m currently looking for something along these lines to use for KS4 topics, so please let me know if you have any recommendations.