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Year 6 Block A – Counting, partitioning and calculating

The focuses of mathematics learning within this block are:

  • Addition and subtraction
  • Mental calculations
  • Efficient written methods: whole numbers and decimals
  • Ordering, partitioning and rounding decimals to 3 places: +ve and -ve integers
  • Solving multi-step word problems involving numbers, money or measures
  • Explaining reasoning and conclusions, orally and on paper, using words, diagrams, symbols
  • Multiplication and division
  • Mental methods: TU × U, TU ÷ U and special cases
  • Written methods: TU × TU, HTU × TU, HTU ÷ U, multiplying and dividing decimals by one-digit integer
  • Using a calculator
The objectives for the block are listed in the table – the right hand column indicates how the objectives might be addressed in the units
Objectives Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3
Explain reasoning and conclusions, using words, symbols or diagrams as appropriate tick tick tick
Solve multi-step problems, and problems involving fractions, decimals and percentages; choose and use appropriate calculation strategies at each stage, including calculator use   tick tick
Find the difference between a positive and a negative integer, or two negative integers, in context tick    
Use decimal notation for tenths, hundredths and thousandths; partition, round and order decimals with up to three places, and position them on the number line tick tick tick
Use knowledge of place value and multiplication facts to 10 × 10 to derive related multiplication and division facts involving decimals (e.g. 0.8 × 7, 4.8 ÷ 6)  tick tick  
Calculate mentally with integers and decimals: U.t ± U.t, TU × U, TU ÷ U, U.t × U, U.t ÷ U tick tick tick
Use efficient written methods to add and subtract integers and decimals, to multiply and divide integers and decimals by a one-digit integer, and to multiply two-digit and three-digit integers by a two-digit integer    tick tick
Use a calculator to solve problems involving multi-step calculations tick tick tick
Use approximations, inverse operations and tests of divisibility to estimate and check results tick tick tick