Year 6 Curriculum

Year 6 Reading

Word reading

  • I can apply knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes to read aloud and to understand the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • I use my combined knowledge of phonemes and word deriviationsto pronounce words correctly, e.g. arachnophobia.
  • I attempt the pronunciation of unfamiliar words drawing on my prior knowledge of similar looking words.
  • I can read fluently, using punctuation to inform meaning.


  • I am familiar with and can talk about a wide range of books and text types, including myths, legends and traditional stories and books from other cultures and traditions. I can discuss the features of each.
  • I can read books that are structured in different ways.
  • I can recognise texts that contain features from more than one text type.
  • I can evaluate how effectively texts are structured and presented.
  • I can read non-fiction texts to help with my learning.
  • I read accurately and check that I understand.
  • I can recommend books to others and give reasons for my recommendation.
  • I can identify themes in texts.
  • I can identify and discuss the conventions in different text types.
  • I can identify the key points in a text.
  • I can recite a range of poems by heart, e.g. narrative verse, sonnet.
  • I can prepare poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action.

Year 6 Writing



  • I can convert verbs into nouns by adding a suffix.
  • I can distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused.
  • I can spell the commonly mis-spelt words from the Y5/6 word list.
  • I understand that the spelling of some words need to be learnt specifically.
  • I can use any dictionary or thesaurus.
  • I use a range of spelling strategies.


  • I can choose the style of handwriting to use when given a choice.
  • I can choose the handwriting that is best suited for a specific task.


  • I can identify the audience for and purpose of the writing.
  • I can choose the appropriate form and register for the audience and purpose of the writing.
  • I use grammatical structures and features and choose vocabulary appropriate to the audience, purpose and degree of formality to make meaning clear and create effect.
  • I use a range of sentence starters to create specific effects.
  • I can use developed noun phrases to add detail to sentences.
  • I use the passive voice to present information with a different emphasis.
  • I use commas to mark phrases and clauses.
  • I can sustain and develop ideas logically in narrative and non-narrative writing.
  • I can use character, dialogue and action to advance events in narrative writing.
  • I can summarise a text, conveying key information in writing.

Grammar and punctuation

Sentence structure

  • I can use the passive voice.
  • I vary sentence structure depending whether formal or informal.

Text structure

  • I can use a variety of organisational and presentational devices correct to the text type.
  • I write in paragraphs which can clearly signal a change in subject, time, place or event.
  • I can use the semi-colon, colon and dash.
  • I can use the colon to introduce a list and semi-colon within lists.
  • I can use a hyphen to avoid ambiguity.

Year 6 Maths

Number, place value, approximation and estimation/rounding

  • I can read, write, order and compare numbers up to10,000,000.
  • I can determine the value of each digit in numbers up to 10,000,000.
  • I can round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.
  • I can use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero.
  • I can solve number problems and practical problems with the above.


  • I can use estimation to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, an appropriate degree of accuracy.
  • I can solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
  • I can identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.
  • I can perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations and large numbers.
  • I can multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication.
  • I can divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 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.
  • I can divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit number using the formal written method of short division where appropriate.
  • I can solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • I can use my knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations.

Fractions, decimals and percentages

  • I can use common factors to simplify fractions and use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination.
  • I can compare and order fractions, including fractions >1.
  • I can add and subtract fractions with different denominators and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions.
  • I can multiply simple pairs of proper fractions, writing the answer in the simplest form.
  • I can divide proper fractions by whole numbers.
  • I can associate a fraction with division to calculate decimal fractions equivalents for a simple fraction.
  • I can identify the value of each digit to 3 decimal places and multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to 3 decimal places.
  • I can multiply 1-digit numbers with up to 2 decimal places by whole numbers.
  • I can use written division methods in cases where the answer has up to 2 decimal places.
  • I can solve problems which require answers to be rounded to specified degrees of accuracy.
  • I an recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts

Ratio and proportion

  • I can solve problems involving the relative sizes of two quantities, where missing values can be found using integer multiplication and division facts.
  • I can solve problems involving the calculation of percentages and the use of percentage comparisons.
  • I can solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found.
  • I can solve problems involving unequal sharing and grouping using knowledge of fractions and multiples.


  • I can express missing number problems algebraically.
  • I can use a simple formulae.
  • I can generate and describe linear number sequences.
  • I can find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns.
  • I can enumerate possibilities of combinations of two variables.


  • I can 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 of up to 3 decimal places.
  • I can convert between miles and kilometres.
  • I recognise that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa.
  • I can calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles.
  • I recognise when it is possible to use the formulae for the area of shapes.
  • I can calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids, using standard units.
  • I recognise when it is possible to use the formulae for the volume of shapes.
  • I can solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to 3 decimal places where appropriate.

Geometry – properties of shapes

  • I can compare and classify geometric shapes based on the properties and sizes.
  • I can describe simple 3D shapes.
  • I can draw 2D shapes given dimensions and angles.
  • I recognise and build simple 3D shapes, including making nets.
  • I can find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals and regular polygons.
  • I recognise angles where they meet at a point, are on a straight line, or are vertically opposite, and find missing angles.
  • I can illustrate and name parts of circles, including radius, diameter and circumference.
  • I know the diameter is twice the radius.

Geometry – position and direction

  • I can draw and translate simple shapes on the co-ordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes.
  • I can describe positions on the full co-ordinate grid (all four quadrants).


  • I can interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems
  • I can calculate and interpret the mean as an average.