Starters and Plenaries for Edexcel A Level Psychology

Activities include:

  • Match-up
  • Patient scenarios
  • Fill in the gaps
  • True/false
  • Multiple-choice questions

Inject pace into your Psychology lessons with these packs of pick-up-and-teach starter and plenary activities for the 2015 Edexcel A Level specification.

Complete with teacher's notes and instructions.

Consolidate and extend learning in class with topic-specific write-on activities from memory-recall experiments for Memory to brain and neuron annotation tasks for Biopsychology.


Helps to maintain interest in a lesson which can become more lecture based, as well as encouraging critical thinking skills needed for AO3 questions and writing essays

J Gardner, Assistant Head of Secondary/Head of Science/Teacher of Psychology & Customer
  • Perfectly matched to new AOs
  • Ideal blend of individual, paired, small-group and whole-class activities
  • Engaging activities appeal to and motivate different learning styles!
  • All answers provided – great for AfL and speedy peer assessment
Topics 1-4 also suitable for:
  • Edexcel AS Level 8PS0

What do teachers say about this resource? (8347)

A very good resource for starters and plenaries, providing different types of activities that can be completed individually or in groups. The different activities link to the A01-A03 skills and there are stretch and challenge tasks for the more able. There is nothing not to like about this resource. It provides answers, which is a time saver and helps with standardization in the department! This resource is suited for different levels of ability. It can be consolidation for the more able and breaks the content down into accessible sections for the less able. It will engage students, i.e., make it fun, and set a positive mood for the rest of the lesson. Comprehensive... A solid resource to add to one's pack.

D Mosher, Teacher of Psychology & Peer Reviewer

I would recommend them because so far rarely is it possible to get hold of resources like this and they save me time!

S Cordy-McKenna, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (7669)

I am very happy to have this resource available, as Head of Science and previously teaching Science A level and GCSE – it is always very annoying the lack of resources available to Psychology compared to Science topics. The books do not have questions in them either for students to answer – or very few, and those that do, do not tend to have mark schemes. This makes good resources particularly for starters and plenaries; a nice way to ensure the 3 part lesson in KS4/ KS5 subjects which can easily become more lecture based.

I particularly like this resource because it can act as a good review of previous material, as well as providing activities to get students thinking about analysis of studies and considering the various issues such as scientific measures and ethical issues. Helps to maintain interest in a lesson which can become more lecture based, as well as encouraging the critical thinking skills needed for AO3 questions and writing essays. Most of the other resources I have got without producing them myself have been downloaded from TES, either the free resources or purchased. These are not always specific to the course and due to the limitations of previews, it can sometimes be a surprise what you get. It is worth the price of the resource to save the time and effort producing these yourself

J Gardner, Assistant Head of Secondary/Head of Science/Teacher of Psychology & Customer

It is a truly brilliant resource. The pack is logically laid out and enables me to use countless excellently researched and presented resources at the start and end of the lesson.

S Cordy-McKenna, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

I loved it - there are so many excellent ideas for quick re caps of work or starters.. is excellent for quick knowledge tests and consolidation of knowledge

H Williams, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

This resource will be very useful as it has lots of varied activities to enhance the knowledge (AO1) of students. The activities are easy to understand and quick to do... The instructions on how to complete the activities are very clear. The provision of answers immediately after each activity makes it easy to use as a teacher. There is a good variety of activities to maintain student interest – K Elk, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (9940)

This is a good resource that supports the delivery of a wide variety of key concepts, studies, and issues and debates in Psychology. The Index table on pages 2-3 identify where the activities support A01, A02, or A03 skills, and is mapped to the specification. It can be used across specifications as the content is common to all Psychology specifications. It includes answers which make delivery of the material so much easier - a time saver! The activities are varied and generally follow a standard structure - Task, Task 2, Stretch and Challenge for differentiation.

This resource makes difficult concepts more accessible to students by providing multiple examples of how concepts can be applied.
It breaks concepts down in a format that is easy for students to remember long term. It includes key studies and enables learning through a grid that identifies Methods, Results, Conclusions and Evaluations. This resource can be used across multiple topics in the International specification, e.g., when issues and debates are taught (reductionism, nature/nurture), when key research studies (Bandura, Pavlov, Watson & Rayner), concepts (classical and operant conditioning, stages of social learning theory, etc.), and ethics are delivered. A very good resource, well structured, and linked directly to the specification.

D Thompson, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (9773)

Very good - there were plenty of activities to consolidate learning and stimulate discussion. Experienced and teachers new to the subject would benefit from it. There is a good mix of different types of activities that would appeal to different types of students (mathematical and the more creative). They would be good to have for starters/plenaries and group competitions. There are extension tasks to consolidate knowledge and allow for differentiation. As a starter/plenary it would allow students to become engaged in their learning... it would be a good tool for less able students to study from as there is far less text than a text book. It maps well to the specification as it identifies and distinguishes between the different classification systems, and includes Sx, Depression, OCD, cultural bias, eating disorders, and the genetics of behaviour. I dare say it would suit all exam boards.

D Thompson, Teacher & Peer Reviewer