Understanding Science (Year 7 textbook)
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Your year 7 students could be learning science from a book that's designed from first principles to help all abilities grasp the difficult ideas.
- teaches all the knowledge in year 7 (5-year plan)
- re-teaches essential concepts from primary school
- makes the concepts easy to learn and visual
- uses worked examples to help students apply
- develops understanding using thinking questions
"Possibly the best KS3 science textbook around."
Teacher, Oakfield Academy
How can I get an eTextbook?
The digital version of Understanding Science 1 is available here on VitalSource - the world’s #1 eTextbook reader for students. It provides a high-quality reading experience as well as extras, such as reading aloud and study tools.
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When will the Year 8 book be published?
Understanding Science 2 will be published towards the end of the academic year 21-22, ready for teaching in September 2022. It will cover the Key Concepts from Year 8 of the 5-year plan (Blueprint). Here is the list:
How does the book help weaker students?
Teachers who trialled the book noted how accessible it was for low and middle ability students. Each idea is taught in small steps, with short sections, to avoid overloading students' working memory. The text structure has been designed for lower-level readers and includes reading to learn strategies. Assessment starts easy and gets more difficult.
How does it stretch stronger students?
The end of many spreads develop the concept in more depth, to provide more challenge. Assessment questions tests understanding rather than just recall. Each spread contains a context and puzzle to encourage students to apply the concept and develop problem-solving skills.
How does it prepare students for GCSE?
It gives your students a head start by helping them fully grasp the key concepts in science from the start of year 7. These strong foundations will allow them to master GCSE concepts more easily later. Worked examples demonstrate how to solve an apply (AO2) question and the the 'mixed-up questions' at the end of a chapter provide plenty of AO1 and AO2 practice.
How does it fill knowledge gaps from primary science?
Many students will start year 7 having missed large chunks of learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So, chapters begin with a 2-page review which re-explains primary science concepts. Students can activate their prior knowledge and fill in any gaps - which are pre-requisites for new learning.
How can it help teachers to plan?
In trialling it helped 82% of teachers clarify the amount of detail and depth to teach for every concept. The order in each chapter offers a coherent learning progression to build an understanding sequence. It supports differentiated teaching by providing a resource that allows different students to work on specific sections, or answer different level questions.
How does it fit Complete Mastery?
- Activate: to fill in knowledge gaps after the pre-assessment
- Acquire: to provide alternative explanations
- Assess: to reinforce correct understandings after the diagnostic quiz
- Apply: to prepare for Practice Book problems using the worked examples
- Test: to use the ‘mixed-up questions’ to prepare for the end of unit quiz
Can I get protective covers for the books?
Many companies sell slip-over book covers you can use. You need to order a cover with 298 mm height (the height of the book is 297 mm). Usually, the width of the covers is adjustable (the width of the book is 220 mm).
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Finally a textbook as you would expect it! Great to have as additional help not for just student, but also for parents! It explains all subjects in such a meaningful way and with beautiful pictures. Fantastic material, I'm looking forward using it along with my child.