Michaela Community School | Maths at Michaela
Michaela Community School, Wembley

Maths at Michaela

Year 7 Mathematics

The year 7 curriculum provides a solid foundational pre-algebra curriculum which becomes the basis upon which all subsequent work is built. The focus is entirely on number. Pupils are assessed on entry and those who struggle with abstract thinking follow an intensive Direct Instruction programme to close the gap. Rolling numbers and Times Tables Rockstars feature heavily and are well-loved by pupils.

Unit 1: Place value and number

  • Place value, reading and writing numbers
  • Comparing and ordering numbers
  • Base 10 tricks
  • Rounding

Unit 2: Addition and subtraction

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Perimeters
  • Angle rules

Unit 3: Multiplication and division

  • Multiplication
  • Area
  • Division
  • Multiplication and division in context

Unit 4: Indices

  • Squares, powers and roots
  • Index rules

Unit 5: Order of operations

  • Calculating with GEMS
  • Applications of the order of operations: the mean average, midpoints and compound shapes

Unit 6: Negatives

  • Understanding negative numbers
  • Addition and subtraction with negatives
  • Adding and subtracting efficiently
  • Multiplication, division, indices and GEMS with negatives

Unit 7: Number theory

  • Factors
  • Primes and prime factors
  • Multiples
  • HCF and LCM

Unit 8: Fractions

  • Fractions conceptually
  • Equivalent fractions
  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Fractions of amounts
  • Multiplying and dividing with fractions
  • GEMS with fractions and worded contexts

Year 8 Mathematics

In year 8, pupils tackle algebra in earnest. This strong base allows all subsequent work in Y9-11 to quickly move to algebraic forms (e.g. forming equations to find angles in a polygon).

Unit 1: Manipulating terms

  • Collecting like terms
  • Multiplying and dividing terms

Unit 2: Simplifying expressions

  • Substitution
  • Expanding single brackets
  • Factorisation
  • Double and triple brackets

Unit 3: Algebraic fractions

  • Multiplying and dividing
  • Adding algebraic fractions
  • GEMS and solving problems with algebraic fractions

Unit 4: Forming expressions and proofs

  • Forming expressions from worded and geometry contexts
  • Proof

Unit 5: Solving equations

  • Principles of solving equations
  • Solving one and two step equations
  • Solving complex equations
  • Applied equation solving

Unit 6: Formulae

  • Forming equations
  • Rearranging formulae
  • Using formulae
  • Formulae to learn by heart

Unit 7: Inequalities

  • Plotting inequalities
  • Solving inequalities

Unit 8: Sequences

  • Understanding sequences
  • Linear sequences
  • Patterns and problem solving

Unit 9: Graphs

  • The Cartesian plane
  • Plotting linear graphs
  • Finding the equations of linear graphs
  • Graphing linear inequations


Year 9 Mathematics

Once pupils have mastered number and linear algebra, pupils are ready to tackle geometry. In year 9, we look at Euclidean geometry and angle rules including circle theorems. Similarity feeds into work on Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry. Finally we look at area, surface area and volume of shapes.

Unit 1: Percentages

  • Expressing values as percentages
  • Percentage change
  • Original amounts
  • Simple and compound interest

Unit 2: Angles

  • Angles on lines
  • Angles in polygons
  • Circle theorems
  • Circle theorems and tangents
  • Proofs

Unit 1: Euclidean geometry

  • Principles and vocabulary
  • Properties of shapes
  • Measuring angles
  • Construction with a protractor
  • Bearings

Unit 3: Similarity and congruence

  • Congruence
  • Reflection and rotation
  • Similarity
  • Enlargement

Unit 4: Triangles

  • Pythagoras’ theorem
  • Pythagoras’ theorem in context
  • Trigonometry and ratios
  • Trigonometry: solving problems
  • Non-right angle triangles
  • Trigonometric graphs

Unit 5: Area

  • Area conceptually and simple shapes
  • Areas of circles
  • Areas of compound shapes

Unit 6: Surface area and volume

  • Nets, plans and elevations
  • Surface area of prisms and cylinders
  • Surface area of complex shapes
  • Volume of prisms and cylinders
  • Volumes of other solids