Students learn how to solve linear equations involving brackets and fractions using the balance method.

The start of the lesson is used to recap solving equations involving simple fractions. In the main part they learn how to multiply out a bracket to set up a simple two-step equation. In the plenary students link the area of a rectangle and triangle with solving equations.

**Differentiated Learning Objectives**

- All students should be able to solve an equations using function machines.
- Most students should be able to solve an equation in the form of a fraction and with brackets.
- Some students should be able to set up and solve an equation involving brackets.