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The Wavell School

Year 8 Mathematics

What will my child study in Mathematics during Year 8?

In Year 8 students work in ability groups, based on their Year 7 attainment in classwork, homework, half-termly assessments and the End of Year Examination.

In each term the students cover work from the following categories:

  • Number
  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Algebra
Term 1    Term 2   Term 3

Estimating calculations

Laws of indices

Angle rules

Geometric properties

Volume of shapes

Algebraic manipulation

Solving linear equations

Scale diagrams

Transformations of shapes

Pythagoras’ Theorem

Calculating with fractions

Calculating with percentages

Using Venn Diagrams

Calculating probabilities

Calculating and plotting linear equations

Solving inequalities

Plotting linear inequalities


Speed and density



Representing data

Statistical sampling

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in Mathematics in Year 8?

  • Students will be assessed at the end of each half term by completing a short written test. At the end of the year, students are formally assessed on all the work covered.  Setting is reviewed each term, when any necessary changes are made.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 8 in Mathematics?

  • Students are given homework on the majority of weeks which will consist of one task to take around 30 minutes to complete. Homework may be set on our MyMaths resource, but the majority of homework will be written in books.

How can I support my child to do well in Mathematics during Year 8?

  • Making sure all homework is completed to a good standard.
  • The MyMaths website is a good resource to help support your child, it can give advice on mathematical methods and how to answer questions.

What equipment may my child need in addition to the standard school equipment?

  • Ruler (preferably 30 cm).
  • Protractor.
  • Compasses.
  • Scientific calculator.

By the end of the year, what would an 'expert' be able to do in Mathematics?

  • routinely check work for accuracy, using techniques such as estimating, considering specific cases/digits, working backwards etc.
  • have good visualisation skills and able to answer a variety of 2-D or 3-D shape and space questions, with or without using a diagram.
  • beginning to generalise independently, by asking questions such as ‘What happens if I change…?’
  • able to choose a method for its efficiency, rather than just using the first method which springs to mind.
  • recognise links between different topic areas of the Mathematics curriculum and use them to solve problems.

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

  • The MyMaths website is a good resource for them to use.
  • They can also use the Sam Learning website.

Updated September 2023