Year 7 Apply Digital Practice Book

Year 7 Apply Digital Practice Book

"They are fantastic. My staff and I are blown away at the quality of these books." Raheela Saleem, Challney High School for Girls"

This is a digital pdf version of Practice Book 1 licensed for your school. 

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


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 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

Title/contents  Publishing date
Practice Book 1: year 7 
October 2017
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.

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

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.

      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 your school has already purchased 20+ books, then use this discount code to get an extra £50 discount: extra50

        We accept payment by credit card and PayPal. If you're a school, you can also choose to pay by bank transfer or cheque when you checkout. You will then receive an email with a link to a pro-forma invoice to pay. 

        We deliver after payment is received. Unfortunately, we do not accept payment after delivery. This allows us to minimise administration and pass the savings on to our customers. You will be given details for each payment method during checkout. 

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

        Customer Reviews

        Based on 23 reviews
        Super practice of problem-solving in a step-wise logical way.

        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.

        Clearly set out and easy to use

        Saves a lot of time as all the necessary information is provided.

        Supports independent learning

        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.

        Confidence building

        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.

        Meta skills rehearsal

        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.

        Helps high and low ability students

        It is fabulous. I have been through some of the problems with my daughter (very high achieving Y9 student). It certainly took her out of her comfort zone by applying her knowledge but in a very kind way - all very solvable problems - but make you think. I love the fact that it is very readable - so will be good for our low ability children with weak literacy skills. It is very well presented (cracking layout) - good use of spacing and neat diagrams - all really clear and a good size. Fantastic - well done - can’t wait to see the next ones.

        Useful resource

        Have found this a useful resource to use with students, particularly with regards to developing the capability of applying knowledge and understanding.
        The inclusion of worked examples supports a more independent approach for many students, leaving the teacher the opportunity to target those students who need more of an input for that particularly concept.
        I would recommend.

        Something different and useful!

        Would highly recommend.
        I have used these books both with low ability year 10 and also mixed ability year 7.
        I have found they work well with both groups. I especially like the worked example which the students read which encourages more independent learning and engagement.
        I think the books are attractively laid out and clear and easy for all abilities to follow without being patronising. The students are very happy to use these books.
        I like the questions as they really get the students thinking and demonstrate to the students they can answer questions that at first look impossible if they just stop and think.
        I like the detect, recall, solve route through questions and often use this when going through past paper questions.
        To improve the books slightly I feel question 2 in each section could be made a little easier to boost confidence, maybe even with a little scaffolding to help answer this and then questions 3 and 4 getting progressively harder

        Nice to ensure thinking hard

        Would recommend. Ensure students are reviewing and applying what they learnt in a supportive manner. Questions are well thought out and allow for easy identification of misconceptions.

        Great resource

        Well thought through resource. Saved you having to trawl through loads to material to find the activity which will make your students think and work independently.