Year 7 Digital Practice Book

Year 7 Digital Practice Book

This is a pdf version of the Year 7 Practice Book. You can publish the digital book on your school's learning platform or onto school-owned devices. It is not for email sharing or other distribution (see license details below).

"My students are actually now attempting difficult questions when before they were left blank." Dr Karin Bratby, Hall Park Academy.

"We have been so impressed that we have just ordered a GCSE practice book, rather premature in view of the ages of my three children but I have been enjoying working with my son so much it is as much for myself as it is for their future studies! " Claire Sandy, parent

Many students miss out on the 60% of marks in new GCSE that are for applying and analysing. They find it difficult to figure out questions different to any that students have seen before. Textbooks and revision guides don't help - they're only good for the 40% of marks for knowledge recall.

The Mastery Practice Book series teaches all students to apply knowledge. Firmly grounded in cognitive science, it uses a  3-step approach to problem-solving, explained through worked examples. with carefully guided practice to make students confident with whatever examiners ask.

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Book 1 is designed for the year 7 (ages 11-12) of our 5-year plan, Blueprint.  It guides students through 50 different types of problem on 25 key concepts and develops their thinking up to GCSE standard.

✔ 50 problem types on 25 different concepts
✔ Detailed worked examples and 'watch out' questions
✔ 100's of carefully crafted 'your turn' questions
✔ Hints and answers
✔ Reusable for school use or write on for home use
✔ Based on proven research

You can currently only buy the full book. You will get a download link 24 hours after payment. 


Visit the Extras page to download the hints and answers. 

The digital version is exactly the same content as the print book. The pdf is personalised with your school name. Please see 'license details' for permitted uses of the digital version. Chapters correspond to the units in our 5-year plan, Blueprint. For what's in each see 'contents' below.

This license permits the purchasing school to use the digital version at a single school site for the following uses:

  1. Download the pdf to a private school server or private virtual learning environment. This includes Google Classroom.
  2. Direct download of the pdf onto school-owned devices such as tablets and laptops
  3. Provide a pdf copy to members of the science teaching staff on school-owned devices while employed by the school 
  4. Print copies of the pages for school students' use

    The license does not allow the following uses:

    • Use of the pdf on multiple school sites, or several schools in an Academy chain
    • Emailing students the pdf for home use. Instead use cases 1 or 2 above
    • Use of the pdf by the science teaching staff at any another school or organisation 
    • Sharing of the pdf with anyone outside the school
    • For any other use of the pdf, please contact us

    Book 1 is part of a series which is designed to give extensive practice in problem- solving for all the key concepts in secondary science. The names and sequence of concepts are based on the 5-year plan, Blueprint  

    Each focusses on Key Concepts in different years of the secondary science curriculum towards GCSE.  

    See when each Practice Book will be published

    Book 1 focusses on 25 concepts generally taught in year 7 or at the beginning of a secondary science course. 

    Chapter 1: Contact forces

    • Balanced or unbalanced
    • Friction
    • Density

    Chapter 2: Electric circuits

    • Electric current
    • Resistance

    Chapter 3: Energy transfer

    • Energy
    • Wasted energy
    • Heat & temperature

    Chapter 4: Gravity

    • Weight
    • Gravitational force
    • Solar system

    Chapter 5: Changing substances

    • Chemical & physical
    • pH scale
    • Neutralisation

    Chapter 6: Substances & particles

    • Particle model
    • Mixtures
    • Solutions

    Chapter 7: Cells

    • Stem cells
    • Cell transport
    • Cell division

    Chapter 8: Interdependence

      • Feeding relationships
      • Competition
      • Abiotic & biotic factors

      Chapter 9: Reproduction

      • Sexual & asexual
      • Menstrual cycle
      • Embryo development

      Chapter 10: Watch out 

      • Misconceptions questions on each chapter

      The first page of each problem is a clear and visually explained worked example. It shows students a 3-step process for successfully solving unfamiliar questions:

      • Detect: work out what you need to do to answer the question
      • Recall: bring to mind all the relevant knowledge
      • Solve: go step-by-step from what you know to the solution

      The second page is a set of 'your turn' questions to try. The first is similar to the example to check that students can follow the thinking. Further questions are carefully crafted as stepping stones to build their competence and confidence. There are hints to get students unstuck, and answers at the back.

      At the end of a chapter, students are ready for the 'mixed up problem' challenge. Like in an examination, several types of problems are mixed together, but now students have learned the skills of recognising which knowledge to use in each situation.

        We accept payment by credit card and PayPal. 

        Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund for the digital version.

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