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Year 8 Mathematics Checklist - What to Learn


  • The number system
  • Rounding and estimation
  • Operating with numbers
  • Square numbers and square roots
  • Order of operations


  • Turning
  • Measuring angles
  • Classifying and naming angles
  • Complementary and supplementary angles
  • Angles in a revolution
  • Bisecting angles
  • Constructing 90° angles to a line
  • Plane shapes
  • Points and lines


  • Opposites
  • Directed numbers and the number line
  • Using a number line to add and subtract
  • Rules for adding and subtracting
  • Multiplying directed numbers
  • Dividing directed numbers
  • Combined operations
  • Using your calculator


  • Divisibility rules
  • Factors of natural numbers
  • Index notation
  • Multiples of natural numbers
  • Number patterns


  • Geometric patterns
  • Symbols in algebra
  • Number crunching machines
  • Substituting into formulae
  • Using patterns


  • Representing fractions
  • Improper fractions and mixed numbers
  • Placing fractions on a number line
  • Equal fractions
  • Comparing fraction sizes


  • Place value
  • Ordering decimal numbers
  • Adding and subtracting decimal numbers
  • Multiplying and dividing by powers of 10
  • Multiplying decimal numbers
  • Dividing decimal numbers
  • Terminating and recurring decimals
  • Decimal approximations


  • Solids
  • Nets of solids
  • Drawing solids
  • Plans
  • Paper modelling


  • Length
  • Perimeter
  • Circumference
  • Areas of polygons
  • Areas of circles


  • Volume
  • Capacity
  • Mass
  • Time


  • Building expressions
  • Expressions with two pronumerals
  • Simplifying expressions with like terms
  • Algebraic products
  • Evaluation of algebraic expressions
  • The distributive law
  • Factorisation


  • Adding fractions
  • Subtracting fractions
  • Multiplying fractions
  • Reciprocals
  • Dividing fractions
  • Problem solving
  • Operations with rational numbers


  • Understanding percentages
  • Interchanging number forms
  • One quantity as a percentage of another
  • Finding percentages of quantities
  • The unitary method in percentage
  • Percentage increase or decrease
  • Finding the percentage change
  • Business applications of percentage
  • Simple interest


  • Map references
  • Grid lines and coordinates on a map
  • Number grids
  • Interpreting points on a grid
  • The number plane
  • Qualitative data


  • Ratio
  • Equal ratios
  • Equal ratios and proportion
  • Using ratios to divide quantities
  • Scale diagrams
  • Gradient (or slope)


  • Equations
  • Algebraic expressions and equations
  • Maintaining balance
  • Inverse operations
  • Building and undoing expressions
  • Equations with two or more operations
  • Equations where the unknown occurs more than once
  • Equations where the unknown occurs on both sides


  • Plane figures
  • Line pairs
  • Constructing perpendiculars
  • Classifying triangles
  • Constructing and drawing triangles
  • Angles of a triangle
  • Constructing a 60° angle
  • Exterior angles of triangles
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Angles of a quadrilateral
  • Interior angles of polygons


  • Statistical enquiries (investigations)
  • Populations and samples
  • Categorical data
  • Discussion and report writing


  • Estimating from line graphs
  • Conversion graphs
  • Travel graphs
  • Continuous and discrete graphs
  • Graphing linear relationships


  • Rates
  • Average speed
  • Density
  • Converting rates


  • Writing equations using symbols
  • Solving simple problems with algebra
  • Solving problems involving measurement
  • Solving money problems
  • Miscellaneous problem solving
  • Other problem solving techniques

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