What are interactive lessons?
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Written by Megan White
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Interactive lessons are comprehensive learning experiences for junior students, which use a carefully-designed sequence of delivery and assessment types to achieve lesson aims and keep students engaged. Each lesson is 10–15 minutes in length, making for an ideal in-class activity or homework task.

Interactive lessons enable students to progress through curriculum-specific course sequences across a broad range of subjects as they work towards demonstrating mastery. Using the principles of mastery learning, students receive immediate feedback, complete with clear answer explanations and intelligent assessment repeats. This enables stronger students to move faster, while weaker students can access additional, targeted support.

Interactive lessons can be assigned to students like any other content on Atomi with tasks. Student progress and insights can be tracked through individual lesson progress reports, in your class mark book or through Atomi Insights.

How are interactive lessons structured?

Mastery learning principles guide the structure of interactive lessons. Each lesson ramps progressively, introducing even the most difficult concepts in clear, simple and approachable language.

In every interactive lesson, clear and demonstrable learning objectives are established and re-surfaced for teachers and students with lesson aims, checkpoints and summaries:

Lesson aims

Each lesson starts with an introduction to the topic, what'll be covered and what a student should be able to do once complete.


Each lesson has several checkpoints that give students an indication of their progress and what they’ve learnt in this lesson.


Each lesson ends with a summary of the key points covered in line with the lesson aims established at the start.

Delivery and assessment types

Interactive lessons combine a range of delivery and assessment types to achieve lesson aims and engage students at every stage.

Delivery types


Short, sharp, engaging 1–2 minute videos that explain key concepts.

Text snippet

Short explainer text-based content combined with engaging imagery, delivering key content, deep-diving into examples and more.

Assessment types

Multiple choice questions

Multiple-choice questions engage active recall of the content just covered with various prompts, including “Complete the sentence…” or true or false varieties.

Drag-and-drop questions

Drag-and-drop questions facilitate active recall by challenging students to retrieve and manipulate information actively as they arrange and match different interactive elements.

Exact answer questions

Exact answer questions promote content retention by requiring students to recall and produce precise information, reinforcing their memory of specific details.

Short answer questions

Short-answer questions let students put their knowledge into practice by requiring them to provide concise and relevant responses demonstrating their understanding and ability to apply concepts learned in real-world scenarios.

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