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Students learn how to use ratio notation to solve problems ranging from interpreting the scale of a map to calculating a speed, distance or time.

This unit takes place in Term 3 of Year 8 and follows on from multiplying and dividing with fractions.

- Work interchangeably with terminating decimals and their corresponding fractions.
- Define percentage as ‘number of parts per hundred’, interpret percentages and percentage changes as a fraction or a decimal
- Interpret fractions and percentages as operators

- If the ratio between two things is the same they are in direct proportion.
- To divide an amount in a given ratio find the value of one share by finding the total number of shares, then divide the amount by the total number of shares.
- To compare values work out the cost per unit or number of units per pound or penny. This takes the form of 1 : n.
- A common misconception is to write the ratio of 2 : 3 as 2/3. Emphasise the need to consider the total number of shares when writing a ratio as an equivalent fraction or percentage.

Develop fluency

- Consolidate their numerical and mathematical capability from key stage 2 and extend

their understanding of the number system - Select and use appropriate calculation strategies to solve increasingly complex problems

Reason mathematically

- Extend their understanding of the number system; make connections between number

relationships, and their algebraic and graphical representations - Extend and formalise their knowledge of ratio and proportion in working with measures

and geometry, and in formulating proportional relations algebraically

Solve problems

- Develop their mathematical knowledge, in part through solving problems and evaluating

the outcomes, including multi-step problems - Select appropriate concepts, methods and techniques to apply to unfamiliar and non-routine problems.

Ratio, proportion and rates of change

- Change freely between related standard units [for example time, length, area, volume/capacity, mass]
- Use scale factors, scale diagrams and maps
- Express one quantity as a fraction of another, where the fraction is less than 1 and greater than 1
- Use ratio notation, including reduction to simplest form
- Divide a given quantity into two parts in a given part:part or part:whole ratio; express the division of a quantity into two parts as a ratio
- Understand that a multiplicative relationship between two quantities can be expressed as a ratio or a fraction
- Relate the language of ratios and the associated calculations to the arithmetic of fractions
- Solve problems involving direct and inverse proportion, including graphical and algebraic representations
- Use compound units such as speed, unit pricing and density to solve problems.

May 1, 2019

In this blog I will share some practical tips for using mini-whiteboards in a mathematics lesson. I use mini-whiteboards nearly every lesson because they help the students show me the progress they are making. When I understand what the misconceptions are I am able to address them in subsequent examples as part of my feedback. […]

April 17, 2019

Demonstrating student progression during a mathematics lesson is about understanding the learning objective and breaking that down into explicit success criteria. Using Success Criteria Take, for example, a lesson on calculating the area of compound rectilinear shapes. The intended learning objective was written on the main whiteboard. Success criteria were used to break down the individual […]

March 26, 2019

Plotting and interpreting conversion graphs requires linking together several mathematical techniques. Recent U.K. examiner reports indicate there are several common misconceptions when plotting and interpreting conversion graphs. These include: drawing non-linear scales on the x or y axis, using the incorrect units when converting between imperial and metric measurements, taking inaccurate readings from either axis not […]