Year 6 Mathematics Guidance

Captain Conjecture

The key focus of mathematics in Year 6 is to ensure your child is confident and increasingly fluent working with integers up to 10 000 000. They will develop and connect their understanding of multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. They will further develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including the use of algebra. Teaching will ensure your child can classify increasingly complex geometric shapes and learn the vocabulary used to describe them. By the end of Year 6 they should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and working with fractions, decimals and percentages.

Your child will be formally assessed in May using National standardised tests, to monitor their attainment and progress during KS2; where the desired outcome is to be working at the expected standard for Year 6 children.

Find out how you can help your child at home by visiting the family maths toolkit:
Maths Toolkit
For a collection of Maths games you can play at home follow this link:
Year 6 ICT Links
Further maths games can be found on this site:
Top Marks Games
Copies of your child’s target booklet can be downloaded from here:
Target Booklets
Curriculum expectations for Year 6 include to:
  • Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 million and determine the value of each digit
  • Short and long multiplication using numbers up to four digits; multiply one-digit numbers with up to two decimal places by whole numbers
  • Mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers
  • Multiple and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 where the answers are up to three decimal places
  • Add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers
  • Multiply simple pairs of proper fractions and divide proper fractions by whole numbers
  • Recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Solve problems involving ratio and proportion
  • Use algebra in terms of formula, sequences, variables and unknowns
  • Recognise and use the formula for volume and area including parallelograms and triangles
  • 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
  • Draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes
  • Construct pie charts
  • Calculate and interpret the mean as a average
  • Solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas