# What is the Year 8 maths curriculum?

Learn what’s taught in Year 8 maths across the subjects of number, algebra, ratio, geometry, measure, and statistics.

Author
Mhairi Sim

Published
August 2024

# What is the Year 8 maths curriculum?

Learn what’s taught in Year 8 maths across the subjects of number, algebra, ratio, geometry, measure, and statistics.

Author
Mhairi Sim

Published
August 2024

# What is the Year 8 maths curriculum?

Learn what’s taught in Year 8 maths across the subjects of number, algebra, ratio, geometry, measure, and statistics.

Author
Mhairi Sim

Published
August 2024

Key takeaways

• Year 8 students continue to follow the Key Stage 3 maths curriculum
• Learners will build their skills across six key areas of maths in the Year 8 maths curriculum
• There are no assessments for students in the Year 8 maths curriculum

Year 8 marks the halfway point for students in the KS3 maths curriculum. They’ll use this year to further their skills across six areas they made a start with in Year 7.

In addition to developing their mathematical skills, Year 8 learners should aim to become more confident in their maths application as they:

• Become more fluent in carrying out maths operations
• Learn to reason mathematically in a range of situations
• Solve problems by drawing on the entirety of their mathematical knowledge

While there is no prescribed Year 8 maths curriculum, the NCETM (National Center for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) has devised a sample curriculum. This document guides teachers on how to deliver the key learning points in the Key Stage 3 maths curriculum across Years 7, 8, and 9.

Our guide to the Year 8 maths curriculum covers everything you need to know about this important stage. We’ll look at the skills kids will learn in each area, assessments in Year 8, and how you can help students through this year.

## What’s covered in the Year 8 maths curriculum?

The Year 8 maths curriculum covers six broad areas of maths. These are:

• Number
• Algebra
• Ratio, proportion, and rates of change
• Geometry and measures
• Probability
• Statistics

Below we’ll explore what Year 8 learners can expect to cover in each area throughout the year, as per the recommended sample curriculum.

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### Number

The Year 8 maths curriculum sees that learners expand their knowledge and application of various number concepts. In particular, students work on estimation, rounding, and sequences.

This includes rounding more complex numbers to a required number of significant figures and learning how to recognise and record sequences, including using the nth term.

As Year 8 learners tackle more complex mathematical problems, they’ll still be expected to use the number skills they’ve learned previously. This includes multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction

### Algebra

Students are expected to develop their knowledge of algebra considerably in Year 8.

They’ll work on solving linear equations and equations with an unknown value. They’ll also work on multi-step equations.

Additionally, by the end of the Year 8 maths curriculum, learners should be confident in:

• The graphical representation of linear relationships
• The connections between coordinates, algebraic equations, and graphs
• Linear relationships

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### Ratio, proportion and rates of change

The study of ratio, proportion, and rates of change will continue on from Year 7. However, Year 8 will bring a bit more challenge.   Students with study multiplicative relationships with an emphasis on:
• Understanding percentages as a form of multiplicative relationships and applying this in a range of settings
• Moving between other representations of multiplicative relationships (e.g. number tracks, ratios, ratio tables and so on)
• Understanding proportionality in the context of multiplicative relationship (e.g. x × k = y or alternatively k = y ⁄ x

### Geometry and measures

Throughout Year 8, students will apply their understanding of lines, perimeter, volume, and area to solve various problems. They’ll also learn more about the geometric properties of polygons, including how to calculate angles within these shapes.

Another aspect of geometry and measure they’ll explore is constructions. Students will use what they know about the features of circles and rhombuses (e.g. anges, diameter, radius etc) to construct new shapes.

### Probability

Probability is an area that is not usually covered until Year 9. However, Year 8 learners may touch on some aspects this year by completing activities like probability experiments.

They may explore using two-way grids, tables, or even Venn diagrams to display possible outcomes, and use language related to probability (e.g. fairness, equally, unequally) to explain results.

### Statistics

The Year 8 maths curriculum will challenge learners to independently work with statistics, measures, and analysis in many different ways. This year, students will:

• Learn to calculate measures of spread and central tendency
• Work with data sets and select the appropriate statistical measures and representations for these
• Create their own statistical representations (e.g. graphs and charts)
• Read and interpret various statistical representations

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## How will my child be assessed in Year 8 maths?

There are no assessments for Year 8 maths learners! Students will instead focus solely on building the skills needed for GCSEs in Year 10 and Year 11.

Teachers will informally assess students throughout the year to ensure they’re making progress with the Year 8 maths curriculum. This ensures they can tackle any issues that arise quickly!

## How can I help my child with maths at home?

Help for Year 8 maths can come in a variety of different ways. As students move through secondary school, helping them with certain subjects can seem daunting for parents – and maths is no exception!

Knowing your way around the vocabulary used in the KS3 maths curriculum is a great place to start. Take a look at this maths glossary to get you up to speed with any maths terminology that your kids are bringing home from school!

In Year 8, kiddos begin to dive deeper into algebra and ratio, proportion, and rates of change. It’s essential to let them revise what they covered in the Year 6 and Year 7 maths curriculum to prepare for this!

If you’re still unsure where to start, then let our Doodle Learning maths app help out. Our app has thousands of games and activities which are aligned with the KS3 curriculum and is sure to get your Year 8 learners on track!!

Each user will get a personalised programme of activities that focuses on the areas they need to work on, not just the bits they find easy. It’s a fantastic way to ensure they’re revising and mastering all the skills they’ll need.

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Mhairi Sim

Mhairi is an experienced teacher, freelance writer and parent. After completing her bachelor's degree in Psychology, she graduated as a teacher from the University of Strathclyde. She then built experience teaching across KS1 and KS2 throughout the UK. In addition to working in mainstream education, Mhairi specialised in the additional support needs sector, including social, emotional, and behavioural support.

Mhairi

Mhairi is an experienced teacher, freelance writer and parent. After completing her bachelor's degree in Psychology, she graduated as a teacher from the University of Strathclyde. She then built experience teaching across KS1 and KS2 throughout the UK. In addition to working in mainstream education, Mhairi specialised in the additional support needs sector, including social, emotional, and behavioural support.

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