We have suggested alternative options for a preliminary task that could be used in a lesson a few days before the main task, or set as a homework. The purpose of the preliminary task is to
remind students of certain ideas or skills related to the main task so that they do not become an artificial barrier in the main task, and
help to inform the way you use the main task by assessing students’ familiarity or confidence with these ideas or skills.
We have also suggested options for a follow-up task, which could be used a few days after the main task. This provides an opportunity to revisit key ideas from the main task.
We suggest these tasks as part of a sequence of teaching, but they can be used flexibly. For example, a preliminary task could be used as a follow-up, or vice versa.