Oxford Smart Activate 1 Student Book

Inspiring the next generation of scientists? That's Smart

Author Jo Locke, Author Helen Reynolds, Author Philippa Gardom Hulme, and Series Editor Andrew Chandler-Grevatt

Suitable for:  11-14 students; KS3 Science teachers and students

Price:  £20.00

ISBN: 978-1382021067
Publication date: 12/05/2022

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Oxford Smart Activate Student Book 1 motivates and inspires Year 7 students to think like and see themselves as future scientists. Part of the Oxford Smart Curriculum Service, this book provides a learning experience that holds high aspirations for all students; building on what they’ve learned at KS2 and easing progression to GCSE and beyond.


  • Trialled by UK Pioneer schools to ensure every aspect works for all students and all teachers
  • Core science topics are introduced using real-world contexts and inspiring examples
  • Content has been carefully sequenced to build ideas across and between topics and subjects
  • Unit openers show how the content fits with prior knowledge and inspire awe and wonder
  • Chapter openers and summaries orient the student in their learning journey and show what comes next
  • Book pages have been designed to minimise cognitive load to maintain student motivation
  • Metacognitive methods are embedded to promote student independence and develop self-regulated learners
  • Developing/Secure/Extending assessment framework is embedded throughout to ensure knowledge and skills are captured and secured
  • Ebook available

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Table of Contents

Working and Thinking Scientifically Unit Opener
1.1: Asking scientific questions
1.2: Working safely
1.3: Planning investigations
1.4: Recording data
1.5: Presenting data
1.6: Analysing data
1.7: Evaluating data
Biology 1 Unit Opener
Chapter1:: Cells
1.1: Observing cells
1.2: Plant and animal cells
1.3: Specilised cells
1.4: Movement of substances
1.5: Unicellular organisms
Chapter 1 Summary: Cells
Chapter2:: Structure and function of body systems
2.1: Levels of organisation
2.2: Gas exchange
2.3: Breathing
2.4: Skeleton
2.5: Movement: joints
2.6: Movement: muscles
Chapter 2 Summary: Structure and function of body systems
Chapter3:: Reproduction
3.1: Adolescene
3.2: Reproductive systems
3.3: Fertilisation and implantation
3.4: Development of a foetus
3.5: The mentrual cycle
3.6: Flowers and pollination
3.7: Fertilisation and germination
3.8: Seed dispersal
Chapter 3 Summary: Reproduction
Chemistry 1 Unit Opener
Chapter1:: Particles and their behaviour
1.1: The particle model
1.2: States of matter
1.3: Density
1.4: Melting and freezing
1.5: Bioling
1.6: More changes of state
1.7: Diffusion
Chapter 1 Summary: Particles and their behaviour
Chapter2:: Elements, atoms, and compounds
2.1: Elements
2.2: Atoms
2.3: Compounds

2.4: Chemical formulae
Chapter 2 Summary: Elements, atoms, and compounds
Chapter3:: Reactions
3.1: Chemical reaction
3.2: Word equations
3.3: Oxidation reactions
3.4: Decomposition reactions
3.5: Using ratios
3.6: Conservation of mass
3.7: Exothermic and endothermic
Chapter 3 Summary: Reactions
Chapter4:: Acids and alkalis
4.1: Acids and alkalis
4.2: Indicators and pH
4.3: Neutralisation
4.4: Making salts
Chapter 4 Summary: Acids and alkalis
Physics 1 Unit Opener
Chapter1:: Forces
1.1: Introduction to forces
1.2: Squashing and stretching
1.3: Drag forces and friction
1.4: Forces at a distance
1.5: Balanced and unbalanced
Chapter 1 Closer: Forces
Chapter2:: Sound
2.1: Waves
2.2: Sound
2.3: Loudness and pitch
2.4: Detecting sound
2.5: Echoes and ultrasound
Chapter 2 Closer: Sound
Chapter3:: Light
3.1: Light
3.2: Reflection
3.3: Refraction
3.4: The eye and the camera
3.5: Colour
Chapter 3 Closer: Light
Chapter4:: Space
4.1: The night sky
4.2: The Solar System
4.3: The Earth
4.4: The Moon
Chapter 4 Closer: Space
Glossarypg. 192:
Indexpg. 200:
Periodic Tablepg. 204: