Apply Practice Book 1

Apply Practice Book 1


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What will get students high grades in science exams? Applying knowledge. Only 40% of the marks at GCSE are for knowing content. 60% for applying it to new situations and analysing information. This means figuring out questions that are different to any students have seen before. 

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The Mastery Practice Books are more than workbooks - they teach students how to apply what they know, using cognitive science and masses of practice. Book 1 takes 25 key concepts from year 7 (age 11-12), guides students through 50 different types of problem, and develops their thinking up to GCSE standard.

✔ All key concepts in Year 7 (age 11-12)
✔ 50+ worked examples
✔ 100's of carefully crafted questions
✔ Hints and answers
✔ Ideal for both school and home use
✔ Based on proven research

Individual copies: these are for evaluation purposes or for individual students to purchase. Photocopying is not permitted.To use the books with a class, please buy a set - there is a discount for 20+ books. 

Digital version: If you want to use the book on tablets or laptop computers please buy one of the digital licenses available for this book:

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.

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Who is the book aimed at? It was written to help year 7 students learn to transfer the scientific knowledge to unfamiliar situation. It can also be used by students in other years to improve their understanding of the fundamental concepts. Learning to apply is what will give students access to the 60% of marks at GCSE that demand more than recalling content. The book uses a research-based approach to teach students how to solve different types of problems. 

What content does the book cover? The Practice Book has a chapter on each unit in the year 7 curriculum, based on a 5-year curriculum and AQA's KS3 Science Syllabus. Download the sample material to see exactly what concepts and types of problems are included.

Is it re-usable or write-on? Both! It's designed  to be re-usable for classrooms. There are also write-on sections for students to use the book individually at home.

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