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Maths is a very important part of Year 6 and will be taught for an hour each day. The focus for maths lessons will be fluency – learning and practicing new skills and reasoning and problem solving – applying the skills to solve real life situations and problems.


Children in year 6 are expected to know and use the multiplication facts up to 12x12 and the related division facts (The National Curriculum states that childrne shoukld know their times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of Year4). It is important that they know the facts off by heart as this will help them with more complex mental calculations.


From September, children will practise the following basic number and counting skills. They need to know them by heart and be able to apply them to their maths work.  Children need to practise these facts at home to reinforce learning from school to help them become fluent.

  • Compliments to 1 in 1/100’s e.g 0.81+0.19
  • Count forward and backwards with positive and negative numbers, including through zero.
  • Count forward and backwards in steps of powers to 10 for any given number to 1,000,000
  • Multiply and divide mentally any number drawing upon known facts
  • Square and cubed numbers ( to 10 x 10 x 10)
  • Prime numbers to 100
  • Prime factors of numbers to 100
  • Convert equivalent fractions to decimals and percentages
  • Find percentages of amounts using tables knowledge
  • FDP equivalents of halves, quarters, tenths, hundredths, thirds and fifths, sixths and eighths (ninths and elevenths if possible) ( e.g. 1/5 = 2/10 = 0.2 = 20%)
  • Doubles and halves of 2.d.pdecimals to 100 (e.g. double 18.45, half of 6.48)
  • Know decimal compliments for all whole numbers to 10 – 2.d.p (e.g. 7.26 + 0.74 = 8)

Number and Place Value

  • Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
  • Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy
  • Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero
  • Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above.

Addition and subtraction Multiplication and division

  • Multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long division, and interpret remainders as whole number remainders, fractions, or by rounding, as appropriate for the context
  • Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit number using the formal written method of short division where appropriate, interpreting remainders according to the context
  • Perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers
  • Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers
  • use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations
  • Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
  • solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, an appropriate degree of accuracy.

Fractions (including decimals and percetages)

  • Use common factors to simplify fractions; use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination
  • Compare and order fractions, including fractions > 1
  • Add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions
  • Multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in its simplest form [for example, ¼ x ½ = 1/8
  • Divide proper fractions by whole numbers [for example, 1/3÷ 2 = 1/6
  • Associate a fraction with division and calculate decimal fraction equivalents [for example, 0.375] for a simple fraction [for example, 3/8]
  • Identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places and multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to three decimal places
  • Multiply one-digit numbers with up to two decimal places by whole numbers
  • Use written division methods in cases where the answer has up to two decimal places
  • Solve problems which require answers to be rounded to specified degrees of
  • accuracy
  • Recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts

Ratio and proportion

  • Solve problems involving the relative sizes of two quantities where missing values can be found by using integer multiplication and division facts
  • Solve problems involving the calculation of percentages [for example, of measures, and such as 15% of 360] and the use of percentages for comparison
  • Solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found
  • Solve problems involving unequal sharing and grouping using knowledge of fractions and multiples.


  • 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.


  • 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 ].

Geometry – properties of shape

  • Draw 2-D shapes using given dimensions and angles
  • Recognise, describe and build simple 3-D shapes, including making nets
  • Compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties and sizes and find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals, and regular polygons
  • Illustrate and name parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference and know that the diameter is twice the radius
  • Recognise angles where they meet at a point, are on a straight line, or are vertically opposite, and find missing angles.

Geometry – position and direction

  • Describe positions on the full coordinate grid (all four quadrants)
  • Draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes.


  • Interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems
  • Calculate and interpret the mean as an average.
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