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Year 8 Learning

At New College Leicester, we believe that all students can achieve in mathematics. However, it is important to recognise that some students take longer than others to acquire new skills. We allow some flexibility in the curriculum for students to progress at an appropriate pace. This means that the content will not be covered at the same time for each group. Typically, students in Year 8 will be working through the topics listed below.


Key content

Number Sense Multiplication

  • Standard algorithms for multiplication and division
  • The Distributive Law
  • Negative numbers
  • Multiplication and division of fractions and decimals
  • Estimation
  • Area of rectilinear shapes
  • Algebraic representation

Number Sense Indices

  • Powers and roots
  • Prime factor decomposition
  • Hierarchies of operation
  • Rational and irrational numbers
  • Surds
  • Laws of indices
  • Standard form

Number Sense Percentages

  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Percentage calculations
  • Percentage increase and decrease
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Reverse Percentages

Into the Unknown

  • Substitution
  • Rearranging formulae
  • Solving linear equations
  • Functions
  • Linear graphs


  • Patterns and sequences
  • Term-to-term rules
  • Arithmetic and Geometric sequence
  • Fibonacci sequences
  • The nth term of a linear sequence
  • The nth term of a quadratic sequence


  • The unitary method
  • Maps and scales
  • Conversion between metric units
  • Best buys
  • Proportion


  • The probability scale
  • Listing outcomes
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Sample space diagrams
  • Independent and mutually exclusive events
  • Tree diagrams
  • Relative frequency
  • Two-way tables
  • Venn diagrams


  • Angles and lines
  • Parallel lines
  • Angles in triangles
  • Special quadrilaterals
  • Angles in polygons
  • Bearings


This is what students will know by the end of Year 8