GCSE/Y9 Digital Mastery Practice Book

GCSE/Y9 Digital Mastery Practice Book

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This is a pdf version of the Year 9/GCSE 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).

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.

Book 3 is designed for the beginning of a GCSE course. It follows on from our successful Year 7 book, and covers the key concepts from year 9 (ages 13-14) of our 5-year plan, Blueprint.  

✔ 40 problem types on 24 different concepts
✔ 40 detailed worked examples
✔ 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. 


£179.00 £89.00

Visit the Extras page to download the hints and answers. 


We will send you an email with how to download the digital version. It is exactly the same content as the print book. The unit will be delivered as a set of pdf documents, with one pdf per chapter. This is to make it easy to fit into your existing structure for storing digital resources. The pdfs are 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.


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. 


Book 3 focusses on 23 concepts generally taught in year 9 or near the beginning of a GCSE course. 


  • 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

    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.

    h5>License details

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

    1. downloading the pdf to a private school server or private virtual learning environment
    2. downloading the pdf onto school-owned devices such as tablets and laptops
    3. providing a pdf copy to members of the science teaching staff on school-owned devices while employed by the school 
    4. printing 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
      • giving students the pdf for home use, except in cases 1 and 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
      • any other use of the pdf without permission of the publisher (Mastery Science ltd)

      If you have any questions about the license, please contact us.

      We accept payment by credit card and PayPal. 

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

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