Year 9 GCSE Apply Practice Book

Year 9 GCSE Apply Practice Book

Published on 14th December. Order by 17th December to get the books before Christmas. Discount for 10+. Free delivery for 20+ Free digital version for 40+.

How can you prepare students to apply knowledge to demanding GCSE questions? This book uses a wealth of evidence-informed strategies: 40 worked examples teach how to recognise situations, decide what knowledge is relevant, and write logical explanations. Plus tons of guided practice on 24 key concepts taught at the beginning of GCSE/year 9.  Book 3 follows on from our successful Year 7 book and part of a series designed to give extensive practice in problem-solving for the key concepts in secondary science. 

Who's it for?

✔ teach middle and lower achievers strategies to apply knowledge
✔ challenge top sets to solve problems independently

    What are the benefits?

    ✔ masses of high-quality practice, without photocopying
    ✔ a student-friendly, confidence-building alternative to past papers

    ✔ worked examples and model answers break down the expert thinking
    ✔ teaches a strategy for exam questions: detect, recall, solve
    ✔ clear, easy to follow and interesting examples
    ✔ helps to identify students' misconceptions

      How can you use it?

      ✔ class tasks and plenaries
      ✔ homework
      ✔ small group intervention on weak concepts
      ✔ revision

        What's in the book?

        ✔ 40 problem types on 24 key concepts in Year 9/GCSE
        ✔ 40 detailed worked examples
        ✔ 100's of carefully crafted 'your turn' questions
        ✔ Hints in the book and answers online
        ✔ Reusable for school use or write on for home use

        Download sample material

        Single copies are for individual use. Photocopying for classes is not permitted - please buy a set (with a large discount) or the digital version. 


        Book 3 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.  

        Year-by-year Practice Books

        Title/contents  Publishing date
        Practice Book 1: year 7 
        October 2017
        Practice Book 2: year 8 October 2019
        Practice Book 3: year 9 December 2018
        Practice Book 4: year 10/11 June 2019


        GCSE Practice Books

        These books cover concepts in common to all GCSE and IGCSE courses.

        Title/contents  Publishing date
        Combined Science GCSE 
        June 2019
        Combined Physics GCSE
        June 2019
        Combined Chemistry GCSE
        June 2019
        Combined Biology GCSE
        June 2019


        If you bought the first book, please be aware there are some minor changes the Year 9/GCSE Practice Book. These are research-informed improvements and changes to reduce printing and postage costs so we can keep the same book price.  The changes are not reflected in the original sample material. 

        2-Page worked example: At Year 9/GCSE, there is more detail involved in explaining concepts. All three stages of the worked example have been extended, so the worked example now occupies 2 pages.  

        Improved Recall Stage: this is organised into numbered learning points so that students can see how each facet of understanding is used in Solve.

        Improved Solve Stage: this now uses the Claim, Evidence, Reasoning structure and other step-by-step sequences to show students how to present model answers. 

        Online answers: these are now online and not at the back of the book. When your books are dispatched, you will be sent the web link.

        Answer boxes removed: There is no answer space for the 'Your Turn' questions so we can fit 4 questions per page.

        Paper quality: The book is printed on more lightweight paper, like a textbook and is no longer designed to be write-on.


        Book 3 focusses on 24 concepts generally taught in year 9 or near the beginning of a GCSE course. See details in the 5-year plan, Blueprint.  


        • Vectors
        • Newton’s 1st law
        • Acceleration
        • Heat transfer
        • Pressure
        • Specific & latent
        • Wave model
        • Longitudinal or transverse
        • Wave properties


        • Periodic patterns
        • Subatomic particles
        • Atom conservation
        • Combustion
        • Exo- & endothermic
        • Reactivity series
        • Potable water
        • Product life-cycle


        • Stem cells
        • Cell transport
        • Cell division
        • Biodiversity
        • Communicable disease
        • Genes
        • Monohybrid inheritance

        Many students miss out on the 60% of marks for applying and analysing in new GCSE. They find it difficult to figure out unfamiliar situations. Past papers give practice but don't help students learn the deep structure of problems, nor how to solve problems systematically. 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.

        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 online.

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        1 book, £2.75, 2-3 books £3.45, 4-10 books £6.95, 11-20 books £9.95, 21+ books free delivery.

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