Year 7 Apply Practice Book
"My students are actually now attempting difficult questions when before they were left blank." Dr Karin Bratby, Hall Park Academy.
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Can all your students cope with the demands of 'apply' questions at GCSE? The Year 7 Practice Book gives students a flying start to secondary science:
A powerful strategy for Apply questions. The book teaches students, particular middle and low achievers, a powerful and repeatable exam technique: how to approach apply questions set in unfamiliar situations, by analysing the question, recognising the critical knowlege, and putting together a logical answer.
Masses of challenging practice to deepen understanding. The wealth of 'your turn' questions help students go beyond recalling of knowlege, and practise using it in a variety of applications.
Builds confidence to tackle exam questions. Many students give up when faced with a difficult exam question. The book shows students they can do it. It breaks down the process, gives lots of scaffolding and gradually builds their skills towards independence.
How can you use it?
✔ Class tasks and plenaries
✔ Small group intervention on weak concepts
What's in the book?
✔ Covers 25 key concepts in Year 7 (age 11-12)
✔ 40 clear, easy to follow and interesting worked examples
✔ 100's of carefully crafted your turn questions
✔ Hints and answers
Single copies are for individual use. Photocopying for classes is not permitted - please buy a set (with a large discount) or the digital version.
Sale discount will be applied during checkout.
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.
Year-by-year Practice Books
Practice Book 1: year 7
|Practice Book 2: year 8||October 2019|
|Practice Book 3: year 9||November 2018|
|Practice Book 4: year 10/11||June 2019|
GCSE Practice Books
These books cover concepts in common to all GCSE and IGCSE courses.
Combined Science GCSE
Combined Physics GCSE
Combined Chemistry GCSE
Combined Biology GCSE
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
Chapter 2: Electric circuits
- Electric current
Chapter 3: Energy transfer
- Wasted energy
- Heat & temperature
Chapter 4: Gravity
- Gravitational force
- Solar system
Chapter 5: Changing substances
- Chemical & physical
- pH scale
Chapter 6: Substances & particles
- Particle model
Chapter 7: Cells
- Stem cells
- Cell transport
- Cell division
Chapter 8: Interdependence
- Feeding relationships
- Abiotic & biotic factors
Chapter 9: Reproduction
- Sexual & asexual
- Menstrual cycle
- Embryo development
Chapter 10: Watch out
- Misconceptions questions on each chapter
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 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.
There is a 30-day guarantee on physical books. We will refund the cost and you only pay the return postage. The books need to be received in their original condition. Please contact us to tell us you are returning your product. The return address is on the page. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund for the digital version.
Deliveries to PO Boxes: Because of problems with international PO Boxes, we will only dispatch to these address on condition that you accept responsibility if the book does not arrive.
Deliveries to home: Books are sent in a package. If you are not at home, the Post Office will leave a note to collect the package or re-arrange redelivery. Please note that if the books are returned to us as 'package not collected', we will automatically refund the cost of the book, but are unable to refund the delivery charge.
The method used is good and simple: present a question which is challenging and then show them how to solve it, followed questions which apply the same understanding to problems of increasing difficulty. The year 8 students I used it with got stuck in to the electricity questions I gave them and really enjoyed it - it worked with both top and bottom sets. There aren't too many questions, but the questions are well thought out and the pedagogy is excellent.
Saves a lot of time as all the necessary information is provided.
It provides students clear examples of how to solve problems. It then gives the students an opportunity to practice these skills. I've used these resources as homework, cover work for absent staff and work for students in isolation and they have been an effective resource in this capacity.
I’ve used this book for all my classes from year 7 to 11. My students are more than capable in class and their verbal knowledge, however, they are very weak in being able to apply their knowledge to exam questions and struggle with understanding exam questions. This has now all changed since teaching the mastery technique and using this practice book. The scaffolding of text and diagrams along with a step by step guidance has lead to all my pupils from SEN to G&T improve their levels to meet their targets, but more importantly their confidence has grown to such an extent that they look forward to exams and, even more, getting their results. My pupils often say why weren’t we shown this before and why can’t we do this in other subjects.
This book offers lots of structured walk throughs of questions and how to solve them. The meta skills are explicitly rehearsed and demonstrated, and then an opportunity for another try in a different context with differentiated support is offered. It helps to build skills, resilience and confidence and is a suitable companion to the ks3 curriculum whether you use the mastery plan or not.