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First steps

Schemes of work

The topic overviews make a good starting point. These are schemes of work, matching each section of the course to the KS3 Programme of Study, with learning outcomes and relevant Kerboodle resources. There’s one for each section of the course, whether you follow a combined or separate sciences approach. You can find them under the Lessons tab.

Digital books

Kerboodle includes digital versions of  all the Activate Student Books and Teacher Handbooks, including both separate and combined science routes. These can all be found under the Digital Book tab.  To find additional resources relevant to any given page, click on the “Resources” button in the bottom menu. Please note that while teacher access to the student books is included with a Lessons, Resources and Assessment subscription, access for students and access to the Teacher Handbooks need to be requested separately. Please get in touch with us if you require these.

Lessons and resources

Lesson presentations

The Lessons tab provides ready-to-play lesson presentations which complement every double-page spread in the Student Book. Each lesson presentation is fully customisable, meaning you can edit, add, or delete screens to suit your needs. Example: B1 2.6 Movement Muscle

Interactive screens

For every lesson, there’s an interactive screen (some lessons have more than one). These provide short activities allowing students to check their understanding of the topic and see whether they’ve got the answers right.

Activity sheets

Activity sheets give students the opportunity to put what they’ve learnt into practice. As with all worksheets on Kerboodle, these are available as editable Word files as well as PDFs. Example: P3 3.1: Telescopes.

Question-led lessons

Each chapter includes a question-led lesson. These guide students through answering an extended-answer exam-style question on an aspect of the topic.

Animations and videos

There are 13 animations or videos for each year of the course. These tackle key concepts and are followed by questions to check understanding. Example: B1 1.4 Animation: Diffusion in cells


For every chapter, there’s a glossary and a glossary ‘cut and match’ activity to help students master their key terms. These can be found under the Resources tab. There’s also a glossary quiz for each chapter under the Assessment tab.


Checkpoint quizzes

For every chapter, Kerboodle provides a Checkpoint quiz under the Assessment tab with ramped questions to check students’ understanding of the content. The practice versions provide students with immediate formative feedback, while the test versions send students’ results to the Reports tab. Accompanying Checkpoint resources under the Resources tab can be used for intervention and extension, based on students’ scores

Interactive investigations

There’s an interactive investigation for each chapter, also under the Assessment tab. These test students on key Working Scientifically skills in the context of an investigation. As with the Checkpoint quizzes, there’s a practice version and a test version of each investigation.

Assigning work

Assignments found within the Assessment tab, including quizzes, exam-style questions, etc., need to be assigned to a student for them to be able to view and complete.

Further support

Facebook community

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Book a support call

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General Kerboodle guidance

Need more general hints and tips on using Kerboodle? Check out our dedicated teacher support section.

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