Year 6 programme of study

Year 6 programme of study (statutory requirements)

Year 6: Number and place value

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 6 objectives.

Pupils should use the whole number system, including saying, reading and writing numbers accurately.

Year 6: Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 6 objectives.

Pupils should practise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division for larger numbers, using the efficient written methods of columnar addition and subtraction, short and long multiplication, and short and long division.

They should undertake mental calculations with increasingly large numbers and more complex calculations.

Pupils should continue to use all the multiplication tables to calculate mathematical statements in order to maintain their fluency.

Year 6: Fractions

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 6 objectives.

Pupils should use their understanding of the relationship between unit fractions and division to work backwards by multiplying a quantity that represents a unit fraction to find the whole quantity (e.g. if ¼ of a length is 36cm, then the whole length is 36 × 4 = 144cm).

They should practise with simple fractions and decimal fraction equivalents to aid fluency, including listing equivalent fractions to identify fractions with common denominators. Denominators of given fractions should not exceed 12, with the exception of 100 and 1000.

Pupils can explore and make conjectures about converting a simple fraction to a decimal fraction (e.g. 3 ÷ 8 = 0.375). For simple fractions with recurring decimal equivalents, pupils should learn about rounding the decimal to three decimal places.

Pupils should practise, use and understand the addition and subtraction of fractions with different denominators by identifying equivalent fractions with the same denominator. They should start with fractions where the denominator of one fraction is a multiple of the other (e.g. 1/2 + 1/8 = 5/8) and progress to varied and increasingly complex problems.

Pupils should use a variety of images to support their understanding of multiplication with fractions. This follows earlier work about fractions as operators, as numbers, and as equal parts of objects, for example as parts of a rectangle.

Year 6: Decimals and fractions

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 6 objectives.

Pupils should begin to multiply and divide numbers with up to two decimal places by one-digit and two-digit whole numbers. Pupils multiply decimals by whole numbers, starting with the simplest cases, such as 0.4 × 2 = 0.8, and in practical contexts, such as measures and money.

Pupils should also be introduced to the division of decimal numbers by one-digit whole numbers and, initially, in practical contexts involving measures and money. They should recognise division calculations as the inverse of multiplication.

Pupils should also develop their skills of rounding and estimating as a means of predicting and checking the order of magnitude of their answers to decimal calculations. This includes rounding answers to a specified degree of accuracy and checking the reasonableness of their answers.

Year 6: Percentages, decimals and fractions

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 6 objectives.

Pupils should understand that calculating a percentage of a quantity is the same as calculating a fraction of a quantity.

Year 6: Ratio and proportion

Pupils should consolidate their understanding of ratio when comparing quantities, sizes and scale drawings by solving a variety of problems. They may use the notation a:b to record their work.

Pupils should recognise proportionality in contexts when the relations between quantities are in the same ratio (e.g. similar shapes, recipes).

Year 6: Algebra

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 6 objectives.

Pupils should be taught to:

use simple formulae

generate and describe linear number sequences

express missing number problems algebraically

find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns

enumerate possibilities of combinations of two variables.

Year 6: Measurement

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 6 objectives.

Solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to three decimal places where appropriate

Use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa, using decimal notation to up to three decimal places

Convert between miles and kilometres  recognise that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa

Recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes

Calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles

Calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units, including cubic centimetres (cm3) and cubic metres (m3), and extending to other units [for example, mm3 and km3].

Year 6: Geometry: properties of shapes

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 6 objectives.

Pupils should draw shapes and nets accurately, using measuring tools and conventional markings and labels for lines and angles.

Pupils should describe the properties of shapes and explain how unknown angles and lengths can be derived from known measurements.

Year 6: Geometry: position and direction

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 6 objectives.

Pupils draw and label a pair of axes in all four quadrants with equal scaling. This extends their knowledge of one quadrant to all four quadrants, including the use of negative numbers. Pupils draw and label rectangles (including squares), parallelograms and rhombuses, specified by coordinates in the four quadrants, predicting missing coordinates using the properties of shapes. These might be expressed algebraically for example, translating vertex (a, b) to (a – 2, b + 3); (a, b) and (a + d, b + d) being opposite vertices of a square of side d.

Year 6: Statistics

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 6 objectives.

Pupils should connect their work on angles, fractions and percentages to the interpretation of pie charts.

Pupils should both encounter and draw graphs relating two variables, arising from their own enquiry and in other subjects. They should connect conversion from kilometres to miles in measure to its graphical representation.

Pupils should know when it is appropriate to find the mean of a data set.