National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study
Updated 21 January 2021
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Purpose of study
Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A highquality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Aims
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
 become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
 reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
 can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
Information and communication technology (ICT)
Calculators should not be used as a substitute for good written and mental arithmetic. They should therefore only be introduced near the end of key stage 2 to support pupils’ conceptual understanding and exploration of more complex number problems, if written and mental arithmetic are secure. In both primary and secondary schools, teachers should use their judgement about when ICT tools should be used.
Spoken language
The national curriculum for mathematics reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof. They must be assisted in making their thinking clear to themselves as well as others, and teachers should ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions.
School curriculum
The programmes of study for mathematics are set out yearbyyear for key stages 1 and 2. Schools are, however, only required to teach the relevant programme of study by the end of the key stage. Within each key stage, schools therefore have the flexibility to introduce content earlier or later than set out in the programme of study. In addition, schools can introduce key stage content during an earlier key stage, if appropriate. All schools are also required to set out their school curriculum for mathematics on a yearbyyear basis and make this information available online.
Attainment targets
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Schools are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets] or the content indicated as being ‘nonstatutory’.
Key stage 1  years 1 and 2
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the 4 operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools].
At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching should also involve using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.
By the end of year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. An emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency.
Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.
Year 1 programme of study
Number  number and place value
Pupils should be taught to:
 count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number
 count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s
 given a number, identify 1 more and 1 less
 identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least
 read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils practise counting (1, 2, 3…), ordering (for example, first, second, third…), and to indicate a quantity (for example, 3 apples, 2 centimetres), including solving simple concrete problems, until they are fluent.
Pupils begin to recognise place value in numbers beyond 20 by reading, writing, counting and comparing numbers up to 100, supported by objects and pictorial representations.
They practise counting as reciting numbers and counting as enumerating objects, and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s from different multiples to develop their recognition of patterns in the number system (for example, odd and even numbers), including varied and frequent practice through increasingly complex questions.
They recognise and create repeating patterns with objects and with shapes.
Number  addition and subtraction
Pupils should be taught to:
 read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (−) and equals (=) signs
 represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20
 add and subtract onedigit and twodigit numbers to 20, including 0
 solve onestep problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems such as 7 = ? − 9
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils memorise and reason with number bonds to 10 and 20 in several forms (for example, 9 + 7 = 16; 16 − 7 = 9; 7 = 16 − 9). They should realise the effect of adding or subtracting 0. This establishes addition and subtraction as related operations.
Pupils combine and increase numbers, counting forwards and backwards.
They discuss and solve problems in familiar practical contexts, including using quantities. Problems should include the terms: put together, add, altogether, total, take away, distance between, difference between, more than and less than, so that pupils develop the concept of addition and subtraction and are enabled to use these operations flexibly.
Number  multiplication and division
Pupils should be taught to:
 solve onestep problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Through grouping and sharing small quantities, pupils begin to understand: multiplication and division; doubling numbers and quantities; and finding simple fractions of objects, numbers and quantities.
They make connections between arrays, number patterns, and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
Number  fractions
Pupils should be taught to:
 recognise, find and name a half as 1 of 2 equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
 recognise, find and name a quarter as 1 of 4 equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils are taught half and quarter as ‘fractions of’ discrete and continuous quantities by solving problems using shapes, objects and quantities. For example, they could recognise and find half a length, quantity, set of objects or shape. Pupils connect halves and quarters to the equal sharing and grouping of sets of objects and to measures, as well as recognising and combining halves and quarters as parts of a whole.
Measurement
Pupils should be taught to:
 compare, describe and solve practical problems for:
 lengths and heights [for example, long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half]
 mass/weight [for example, heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than]
 capacity and volume [for example, full/empty, more than, less than, half, half full, quarter]
 time [for example, quicker, slower, earlier, later]
 measure and begin to record the following:
 lengths and heights
 mass/weight
 capacity and volume
 time (hours, minutes, seconds)
 recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes
 sequence events in chronological order using language [for example, before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening]
 recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years
 tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
The pairs of terms: mass and weight, volume and capacity, are used interchangeably at this stage.
Pupils move from using and comparing different types of quantities and measures using nonstandard units, including discrete (for example, counting) and continuous (for example, liquid) measurement, to using manageable common standard units.
In order to become familiar with standard measures, pupils begin to use measuring tools such as a ruler, weighing scales and containers.
Pupils use the language of time, including telling the time throughout the day, first using o’clock and then half past.
Geometry  properties of shapes
Pupils should be taught to:
 recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes, including:
 2D shapes [for example, rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles]
 3D shapes [for example, cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres]
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils handle common 2D and 3D shapes, naming these and related everyday objects fluently. They recognise these shapes in different orientations and sizes, and know that rectangles, triangles, cuboids and pyramids are not always similar to each other.
Geometry  position and direction
Pupils should be taught to:
 describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and threequarter turns
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils use the language of position, direction and motion, including: left and right, top, middle and bottom, on top of, in front of, above, between, around, near, close and far, up and down, forwards and backwards, inside and outside.
Pupils make whole, half, quarter and threequarter turns in both directions and connect turning clockwise with movement on a clock face.
Year 2 programme of study
Number  number and place value
Pupils should be taught to:
 count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in 10s from any number, forward and backward
 recognise the place value of each digit in a twodigit number (10s, 1s)
 identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line
 compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs
 read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words
 use place value and number facts to solve problems
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Using materials and a range of representations, pupils practise counting, reading, writing and comparing numbers to at least 100 and solving a variety of related problems to develop fluency. They count in multiples of 3 to support their later understanding of a third.
As they become more confident with numbers up to 100, pupils are introduced to larger numbers to develop further their recognition of patterns within the number system and represent them in different ways, including spatial representations.
Pupils should partition numbers in different ways (for example, 23 = 20 + 3 and 23 = 10 + 13) to support subtraction. They become fluent and apply their knowledge of numbers to reason with, discuss and solve problems that emphasise the value of each digit in twodigit numbers. They begin to understand 0 as a place holder.
Number  addition and subtraction
Pupils should be taught to:
 solve problems with addition and subtraction:
 using concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures
 applying their increasing knowledge of mental and written methods
 recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100
 add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including:
 a twodigit number and 1s
 a twodigit number and 10s
 2 twodigit numbers
 adding 3 onedigit numbers
 show that addition of 2 numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of 1 number from another cannot
 recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils extend their understanding of the language of addition and subtraction to include sum and difference.
Pupils practise addition and subtraction to 20 to become increasingly fluent in deriving facts such as using 3 + 7 = 10; 10 − 7 = 3 and 7 = 10 − 3 to calculate 30 + 70 = 100; 100 − 70 = 30 and 70 = 100 − 30. They check their calculations, including by adding to check subtraction and adding numbers in a different order to check addition (for example, 5 + 2 + 1 = 1 + 5 + 2 = 1 + 2 + 5). This establishes commutativity and associativity of addition.
Recording addition and subtraction in columns supports place value and prepares for formal written methods with larger numbers.
Number  multiplication and division
Pupils should be taught to:
 recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
 calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) signs
 show that multiplication of 2 numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of 1 number by another cannot
 solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils use a variety of language to describe multiplication and division.
Pupils are introduced to the multiplication tables. They practise to become fluent in the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables and connect them to each other. They connect the 10 multiplication table to place value, and the 5 multiplication table to the divisions on the clock face. They begin to use other multiplication tables and recall multiplication facts, including using related division facts to perform written and mental calculations.
Pupils work with a range of materials and contexts in which multiplication and division relate to grouping and sharing discrete and continuous quantities, to arrays and to repeated addition. They begin to relate these to fractions and measures (for example, 40 ÷ 2 = 20, 20 is a half of 40). They use commutativity and inverse relations to develop multiplicative reasoning (for example, 4 × 5 = 20 and 20 ÷ 5 = 4).
Number  fractions
Pupils should be taught to:
 recognise, find, name and write fractions , , and of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity
 write simple fractions, for example of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of and
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils use fractions as ‘fractions of’ discrete and continuous quantities by solving problems using shapes, objects and quantities. They connect unit fractions to equal sharing and grouping, to numbers when they can be calculated, and to measures, finding fractions of lengths, quantities, sets of objects or shapes. They meet
as the first example of a nonunit fraction.
Pupils should count in fractions up to 10, starting from any number and using the
and
equivalence on the number line (for example, 1
, 1
(or 1
), 1
, 2). This reinforces the concept of fractions as numbers and that they can add up to more than 1.
Measurement
Pupils should be taught to:
 choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels
 compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using >, < and =
 recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value
 find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money
 solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change
 compare and sequence intervals of time
 tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times
 know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils use standard units of measurement with increasing accuracy, using their knowledge of the number system. They use the appropriate language and record using standard abbreviations.
Comparing measures includes simple multiples such as ‘half as high’; ‘twice as wide’.
Pupils become fluent in telling the time on analogue clocks and recording it.
They become fluent in counting and recognising coins. They read and say amounts of money confidently and use the symbols £ and p accurately, recording pounds and pence separately.
Geometry  properties of shapes
Pupils should be taught to:
 identify and describe the properties of 2D shapes, including the number of sides, and line symmetry in a vertical line
 identify and describe the properties of 3D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces
 identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes, [for example, a circle on a cylinder and a triangle on a pyramid]
 compare and sort common 2D and 3D shapes and everyday objects
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils handle and name a wide variety of common 2D and 3D shapes including: quadrilaterals and polygons and cuboids, prisms and cones, and identify the properties of each shape (for example, number of sides, number of faces). Pupils identify, compare and sort shapes on the basis of their properties and use vocabulary precisely, such as sides, edges, vertices and faces.
Pupils read and write names for shapes that are appropriate for their word reading and spelling.
Pupils draw lines and shapes using a straight edge.
Geometry  position and direction
Pupils should be taught to:
 order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences
 use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including movement in a straight line and distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and threequarter turns (clockwise and anticlockwise)
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils should work with patterns of shapes, including those in different orientations.
Pupils use the concept and language of angles to describe ‘turn’ by applying rotations, including in practical contexts (for example, pupils themselves moving in turns, giving instructions to other pupils to do so, and programming robots using instructions given in right angles).
Statistics
Pupils should be taught to:
 interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and tables
 ask and answer simple questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity
 askandanswer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils record, interpret, collate, organise and compare information (for example, using manytoone correspondence in pictograms with simple ratios 2, 5,10).
Lower key stage 2  years 3 and 4
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the 4 operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Teaching should also ensure that pupils draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. It should ensure that they can use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number.
By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work.
Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing wordreading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling.
Year 3 programme of study
Number  number and place value
Pupils should be taught to:
 count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number
 recognise the place value of each digit in a 3digit number (100s, 10s, 1s)
 compare and order numbers up to 1,000
 identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
 read and write numbers up to 1,000 in numerals and in words
 solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils now use multiples of 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 50 and 100.
They use larger numbers to at least 1,000, applying partitioning related to place value using varied and increasingly complex problems, building on work in year 2 (for example, 146 = 100 + 40 + 6, 146 = 130 +16).
Using a variety of representations, including those related to measure, pupils continue to count in 1s, 10s and 100s, so that they become fluent in the order and place value of numbers to 1,000.
Number  addition and subtraction
Pupils should be taught to:
 add and subtract numbers mentally, including:
 a threedigit number and 1s
 a threedigit number and 10s
 a threedigit number and 100s
 add and subtract numbers with up to 3 digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction
 estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers
 solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils practise solving varied addition and subtraction questions. For mental calculations with twodigit numbers, the answers could exceed 100.
Pupils use their understanding of place value and partitioning, and practise using columnar addition and subtraction with increasingly large numbers up to 3 digits to become fluent (see Mathematics appendix 1).
Number  multiplication and division
Pupils should be taught to:
 recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
 write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for twodigit numbers times onedigit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods
 solve problems, including missing number problems, involving multiplication and division, including positive integer scaling problems and correspondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objects
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils continue to practise their mental recall of multiplication tables when they are calculating mathematical statements in order to improve fluency. Through doubling, they connect the 2, 4 and 8 multiplication tables.
Pupils develop efficient mental methods, for example, using commutativity and associativity (for example, 4 × 12 × 5 = 4 × 5 × 12 = 20 × 12 = 240) and multiplication and division facts (for example, using 3 × 2 = 6, 6 ÷ 3 = 2 and 2 = 6 ÷ 3) to derive related facts (30 × 2 = 60, 60 ÷ 3 = 20 and 20 = 60 ÷ 3).
Pupils develop reliable written methods for multiplication and division, starting with calculations of twodigit numbers by onedigit numbers and progressing to the formal written methods of short multiplication and division.
Pupils solve simple problems in contexts, deciding which of the 4 operations to use and why. These include measuring and scaling contexts, (for example 4 times as high, 8 times as long etc) and correspondence problems in which m objects are connected to n objects (for example, 3 hats and 4 coats, how many different outfits?; 12 sweets shared equally between 4 children; 4 cakes shared equally between 8 children).
Number  fractions
Pupils should be taught to:
 count up and down in tenths; recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing onedigit numbers or quantities by 10
 recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and nonunit fractions with small denominators
 recognise and use fractions as numbers: unit fractions and nonunit fractions with small denominators
 recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators
 add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole [for example, + = ]
 compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators
 solve problems that involve all of the above
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils connect tenths to place value, decimal measures and to division by 10.
They begin to understand unit and nonunit fractions as numbers on the number line, and deduce relations between them, such as size and equivalence. They should go beyond the [0, 1] interval, including relating this to measure.
Pupils understand the relation between unit fractions as operators (fractions of), and division by integers.
They continue to recognise fractions in the context of parts of a whole, numbers, measurements, a shape, and unit fractions as a division of a quantity.
Pupils practise adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator through a variety of increasingly complex problems to improve fluency.
Measurement
Pupils should be taught to:
 measure, compare, add and subtract: lengths (m/cm/mm); mass (kg/g); volume/capacity (l/ml)
 measure the perimeter of simple 2D shapes
 add and subtract amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts
 tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals from I to XII, and 12hour and 24hour clocks
 estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute; record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours; use vocabulary such as o’clock, am/pm, morning, afternoon, noon and midnight
 know the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year
 compare durations of events [for example, to calculate the time taken by particular events or tasks]
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils continue to measure using the appropriate tools and units, progressing to using a wider range of measures, including comparing and using mixed units (for example, 1 kg and 200g) and simple equivalents of mixed units (for example, 5m = 500cm).
The comparison of measures includes simple scaling by integers (for example, a given quantity or measure is twice as long or 5 times as high) and this connects to multiplication.
Pupils continue to become fluent in recognising the value of coins, by adding and subtracting amounts, including mixed units, and giving change using manageable amounts. They record £ and p separately. The decimal recording of money is introduced formally in year 4.
Pupils use both analogue and digital 12hour clocks and record their times. In this way they become fluent in and prepared for using digital 24hour clocks in year 4.
Geometry  properties of shapes
Pupils should be taught to:
 draw 2D shapes and make 3D shapes using modelling materials; recognise 3D shapes in different orientations and describe them
 recognise angles as a property of shape or a description of a turn
 identify right angles, recognise that 2 right angles make a halfturn, 3 make threequarters of a turn and 4 a complete turn; identify whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle
 identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils’ knowledge of the properties of shapes is extended at this stage to symmetrical and nonsymmetrical polygons and polyhedra. Pupils extend their use of the properties of shapes. They should be able to describe the properties of 2D and 3D shapes using accurate language, including lengths of lines and acute and obtuse for angles greater or lesser than a right angle.
Pupils connect decimals and rounding to drawing and measuring straight lines in centimetres, in a variety of contexts.
Statistics
Pupils should be taught to:
 interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables
 solve onestep and twostep questions [for example ‘How many more?’ and ‘How many fewer?’] using information presented in scaled bar charts and pictograms and tables
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils understand and use simple scales (for example, 2, 5, 10 units per cm) in pictograms and bar charts with increasing accuracy.
They continue to interpret data presented in many contexts.
Year 4 programme of study
Number  number and place value
Pupils should be taught to:
 count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1,000
 find 1,000 more or less than a given number
 count backwards through 0 to include negative numbers
 recognise the place value of each digit in a fourdigit number (1,000s, 100s, 10s, and 1s)
 order and compare numbers beyond 1,000
 identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
 round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000
 solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers
 read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of 0 and place value
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Using a variety of representations, including measures, pupils become fluent in the order and place value of numbers beyond 1,000, including counting in 10s and 100s, and maintaining fluency in other multiples through varied and frequent practice.
They begin to extend their knowledge of the number system to include the decimal numbers and fractions that they have met so far.
They connect estimation and rounding numbers to the use of measuring instruments.
Roman numerals should be put in their historical context so pupils understand that there have been different ways to write whole numbers and that the important concepts of 0 and place value were introduced over a period of time.
Number  addition and subtraction
Pupils should be taught to:
 add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate
 estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation
 solve addition and subtraction twostep problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils continue to practise both mental methods and columnar addition and subtraction with increasingly large numbers to aid fluency (see Mathematics appendix 1).
Number  multiplication and division
Pupils should be taught to:
 recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12
 use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together 3 numbers
 recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations
 multiply twodigit and threedigit numbers by a onedigit number using formal written layout
 solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply twodigit numbers by 1 digit, integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems such as n objects are connected to m objects
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils continue to practise recalling and using multiplication tables and related division facts to aid fluency.
Pupils practise mental methods and extend this to 3digit numbers to derive facts, (for example 600 ÷ 3 = 200 can be derived from 2 x 3 = 6).
Pupils practise to become fluent in the formal written method of short multiplication and short division with exact answers (see Mathematics appendix 1).
Pupils write statements about the equality of expressions (for example, use the distributive law 39 × 7 = 30 × 7 + 9 × 7 and associative law (2 × 3) × 4 = 2 × (3 × 4)). They combine their knowledge of number facts and rules of arithmetic to solve mental and written calculations for example, 2 x 6 x 5 = 10 x 6 = 60.
Pupils solve twostep problems in contexts, choosing the appropriate operation, working with increasingly harder numbers. This should include correspondence questions such as the numbers of choices of a meal on a menu, or 3 cakes shared equally between 10 children.
Number  fractions (including decimals)
Pupils should be taught to:
 recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions
 count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by 100 and dividing tenths by 10
 solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including nonunit fractions where the answer is a whole number
 add and subtract fractions with the same denominator
 recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundreds

recognise and write decimal equivalents to , ,
 find the effect of dividing a one or twodigit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths
 round decimals with 1 decimal place to the nearest whole number
 compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to 2 decimal places
 solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to 2 decimal places
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils should connect hundredths to tenths and place value and decimal measure.
They extend the use of the number line to connect fractions, numbers and measures.
Pupils understand the relation between nonunit fractions and multiplication and division of quantities, with particular emphasis on tenths and hundredths.
Pupils make connections between fractions of a length, of a shape and as a representation of one whole or set of quantities. Pupils use factors and multiples to recognise equivalent fractions and simplify where appropriate (for example,
=
or
=
).
Pupils continue to practise adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, to become fluent through a variety of increasingly complex problems beyond one whole.
Pupils are taught throughout that decimals and fractions are different ways of expressing numbers and proportions.
Pupils’ understanding of the number system and decimal place value is extended at this stage to tenths and then hundredths. This includes relating the decimal notation to division of whole number by 10 and later 100.
They practise counting using simple fractions and decimals, both forwards and backwards.
Pupils learn decimal notation and the language associated with it, including in the context of measurements. They make comparisons and order decimal amounts and quantities that are expressed to the same number of decimal places. They should be able to represent numbers with 1 or 2 decimal places in several ways, such as on number lines.
Measurement
Pupils should be taught to:
 convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute]
 measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure (including squares) in centimetres and metres
 find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares
 estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence
 read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24hour clocks
 solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes, minutes to seconds, years to months, weeks to days
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils build on their understanding of place value and decimal notation to record metric measures, including money.
They use multiplication to convert from larger to smaller units.
Perimeter can be expressed algebraically as 2(a + b) where a and b are the dimensions in the same unit.
They relate area to arrays and multiplication.
Geometry  properties of shapes
Pupils should be taught to:
 compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes
 identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to 2 right angles by size
 identify lines of symmetry in 2D shapes presented in different orientations
 complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils continue to classify shapes using geometrical properties, extending to classifying different triangles (for example, isosceles, equilateral, scalene) and quadrilaterals (for example, parallelogram, rhombus, trapezium).
Pupils compare and order angles in preparation for using a protractor and compare lengths and angles to decide if a polygon is regular or irregular.
Pupils draw symmetric patterns using a variety of media to become familiar with different orientations of lines of symmetry; and recognise line symmetry in a variety of diagrams, including where the line of symmetry does not dissect the original shape.
Geometry  position and direction
Pupils should be taught to:
 describe positions on a 2D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant
 describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down
 plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils draw a pair of axes in one quadrant, with equal scales and integer labels. They read, write and use pairs of coordinates, for example (2, 5), including using coordinateplotting ICT tools.
Statistics
Pupils should be taught to:
 interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs
 solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils understand and use a greater range of scales in their representations.
Pupils begin to relate the graphical representation of data to recording change over time.
Upper key stage 2  years 5 and 6
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. With this foundation in arithmetic, pupils are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures should consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Teaching should also ensure that pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.
By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all 4 operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.
Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly.
Year 5 programme of study
Number  number and place value
Pupils should be taught to:
 read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit
 count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1,000,000
 interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through 0
 round any number up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000 and 100,000
 solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
 read Roman numerals to 1,000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils identify the place value in large whole numbers.
They continue to use number in context, including measurement. Pupils extend and apply their understanding of the number system to the decimal numbers and fractions that they have met so far.
They should recognise and describe linear number sequences (for example, 3, 3
, 4, 4
…), including those involving fractions and decimals, and find the termtoterm rule in words (for example, add
).
Number  addition and subtraction
Pupils should be taught to:
 add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
 add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers
 use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy
 solve addition and subtraction multistep problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils practise using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction with increasingly large numbers to aid fluency (see Mathematics appendix 1).
They practise mental calculations with increasingly large numbers to aid fluency (for example, 12,462 – 2,300 = 10,162).
Number  multiplication and division
Pupils should be taught to:
 identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of 2 numbers
 know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (nonprime) numbers
 establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19
 multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one or twodigit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for twodigit numbers
 multiply and divide numbers mentally, drawing upon known facts
 divide numbers up to 4 digits by a onedigit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context
 multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1,000
 recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers, and the notation for squared (²) and cubed (³)
 solve problems involving multiplication and division, including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes
 solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the meaning of the equals sign
 solve problems involving multiplication and division, including scaling by simple fractions and problems involving simple rates
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils practise and extend their use of the formal written methods of short multiplication and short division (see Mathematics appendix 1). They apply all the multiplication tables and related division facts frequently, commit them to memory and use them confidently to make larger calculations.
They use and understand the terms factor, multiple and prime, square and cube numbers.
Pupils interpret noninteger answers to division by expressing results in different ways according to the context, including with remainders, as fractions, as decimals or by rounding (for example, 98 ÷ 4 =
= 24 r 2 = 24
= 24.5 ≈ 25).
Pupils use multiplication and division as inverses to support the introduction of ratio in year 6, for example, by multiplying and dividing by powers of 10 in scale drawings or by multiplying and dividing by powers of a 1,000 in converting between units such as kilometres and metres.
Distributivity can be expressed as a(b + c) = ab + ac.
They understand the terms factor, multiple and prime, square and cube numbers and use them to construct equivalence statements (for example, 4 x 35 = 2 x 2 x 35; 3 x 270 = 3 x 3 x 9 x 10 = 9² x 10).
Pupils use and explain the equals sign to indicate equivalence, including in missing number problems (for example 13 + 24 = 12 + 25; 33 = 5 x ?).
Number  fractions (including decimals and percentages)
Pupils should be taught to:
 compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
 identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths
 recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other and write mathematical statements > 1 as a mixed number [for example, + = = 1 ]
 add and subtract fractions with the same denominator, and denominators that are multiples of the same number
 multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, supported by materials and diagrams
 read and write decimal numbers as fractions [for example, 0.71 = ]
 recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents
 round decimals with 2 decimal places to the nearest whole number and to 1 decimal place
 read, write, order and compare numbers with up to 3 decimal places
 solve problems involving number up to 3 decimal places
 recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘number of parts per 100’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal fraction
 solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of , , , , and those fractions with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils should be taught throughout that percentages, decimals and fractions are different ways of expressing proportions.
They extend their knowledge of fractions to thousandths and connect to decimals and measures.
Pupils connect equivalent fractions > 1 that simplify to integers with division and other fractions > 1 to division with remainders, using the number line and other models, and hence move from these to improper and mixed fractions.
Pupils connect multiplication by a fraction to using fractions as operators (fractions of), and to division, building on work from previous years. This relates to scaling by simple fractions, including fractions > 1.
Pupils practise adding and subtracting fractions to become fluent through a variety of increasingly complex problems. They extend their understanding of adding and subtracting fractions to calculations that exceed 1 as a mixed number.
Pupils continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in simple fractions.
Pupils continue to develop their understanding of fractions as numbers, measures and operators by finding fractions of numbers and quantities.
Pupils extend counting from year 4, using decimals and fractions including bridging 0, for example on a number line.
Pupils say, read and write decimal fractions and related tenths, hundredths and thousandths accurately and are confident in checking the reasonableness of their answers to problems.
They mentally add and subtract tenths, and onedigit whole numbers and tenths.
They practise adding and subtracting decimals, including a mix of whole numbers and decimals, decimals with different numbers of decimal places, and complements of 1 (for example, 0.83 + 0.17 = 1).
Pupils should go beyond the measurement and money models of decimals, for example, by solving puzzles involving decimals.
Pupils should make connections between percentages, fractions and decimals (for example, 100% represents a whole quantity and 1% is
, 50% is
, 25% is
) and relate this to finding ‘fractions of’.
Measurement
Pupils should be taught to:
 convert between different units of metric measure [for example, kilometre and metre; centimetre and metre; centimetre and millimetre; gram and kilogram; litre and millilitre]
 understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units such as inches, pounds and pints
 measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres
 calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), including using standard units, square centimetres (cm²) and square metres (m²), and estimate the area of irregular shapes
 estimate volume [for example, using 1 cm³ blocks to build cuboids (including cubes)] and capacity [for example, using water]
 solve problems involving converting between units of time
 use all four operations to solve problems involving measure [for example, length, mass, volume, money] using decimal notation, including scaling
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils use their knowledge of place value and multiplication and division to convert between standard units.
Pupils calculate the perimeter of rectangles and related composite shapes, including using the relations of perimeter or area to find unknown lengths. Missing measures questions such as these can be expressed algebraically, for example 4 + 2b = 20 for a rectangle of sides 2 cm and b cm and perimeter of 20cm.
Pupils calculate the area from scale drawings using given measurements.
Pupils use all 4 operations in problems involving time and money, including conversions (for example, days to weeks, expressing the answer as weeks and days).
Geometry  properties of shapes
Pupils should be taught to:
 identify 3D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2D representations
 know angles are measured in degrees: estimate and compare acute, obtuse and reflex angles
 draw given angles, and measure them in degrees (°)
 identify:
 angles at a point and 1 whole turn (total 360°)
 angles at a point on a straight line and half a turn (total 180°)
 other multiples of 90°
 use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and find missing lengths and angles
 distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils become accurate in drawing lines with a ruler to the nearest millimetre, and measuring with a protractor. They use conventional markings for parallel lines and right angles.
Pupils use the term diagonal and make conjectures about the angles formed between sides, and between diagonals and parallel sides, and other properties of quadrilaterals, for example using dynamic geometry ICT tools.
Pupils use angle sum facts and other properties to make deductions about missing angles and relate these to missing number problems.
Geometry  position and direction
Pupils should be taught to:
 identify, describe and represent the position of a shape following a reflection or translation, using the appropriate language, and know that the shape has not changed
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils recognise and use reflection and translation in a variety of diagrams, including continuing to use a 2D grid and coordinates in the first quadrant. Reflection should be in lines that are parallel to the axes.
Statistics
Pupils should be taught to:
 solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph
 complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils connect their work on coordinates and scales to their interpretation of time graphs.
They begin to decide which representations of data are most appropriate and why.
Year 6 programme of study
Number  number and place value
Pupils should be taught to:
 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 0
 solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils use the whole number system, including saying, reading and writing numbers accurately.
Number  addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
Pupils should be taught to:
 multiply multidigit numbers up to 4 digits by a twodigit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication
 divide numbers up to 4 digits by a twodigit 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 twodigit 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 4 operations
 solve addition and subtraction multistep 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
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils practise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division for larger numbers, using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction, short and long multiplication, and short and long division (see Mathematics appendix 1).
They undertake mental calculations with increasingly large numbers and more complex calculations.
Pupils continue to use all the multiplication tables to calculate mathematical statements in order to maintain their fluency.
Pupils round answers to a specified degree of accuracy, for example, to the nearest 10, 20, 50, etc, but not to a specified number of significant figures.
Pupils explore the order of operations using brackets; for example, 2 + 1 x 3 = 5 and (2 + 1) x 3 = 9.
Common factors can be related to finding equivalent fractions.
Number  Fractions (including decimals and percentages)
Pupils should be taught to:
 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, × = ]
 divide proper fractions by whole numbers [for example, ÷ 2 = ]
 associate a fraction with division and calculate decimal fraction equivalents [for example, 0.375] for a simple fraction [for example, ]
 identify the value of each digit in numbers given to 3 decimal places and multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000 giving answers up to 3 decimal places
 multiply onedigit numbers with up to 2 decimal places by whole numbers
 use written division methods in cases where the answer has up to 2 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
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
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 (for example,
+
=
] 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 (fractions of), as numbers, and as equal parts of objects, for example as parts of a rectangle.
Pupils 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 (for example, if quarter of a length is 36cm, then the whole length is 36 × 4 = 144cm).
They practise calculations with simple fractions and decimal fraction equivalents to aid fluency, including listing equivalent fractions to identify fractions with common denominators.
Pupils can explore and make conjectures about converting a simple fraction to a decimal fraction (for example, 3 ÷ 8 = 0.375). For simple fractions with recurring decimal equivalents, pupils learn about rounding the decimal to three decimal places, or other appropriate approximations depending on the context. Pupils multiply and divide numbers with up to 2 decimal places by onedigit and twodigit 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 are introduced to the division of decimal numbers by onedigit whole numbers, initially, in practical contexts involving measures and money. They recognise division calculations as the inverse of multiplication.
Pupils 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.
Ratio and proportion
Pupils should be taught to:
 solve problems involving the relative sizes of 2 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
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils recognise proportionality in contexts when the relations between quantities are in the same ratio (for example, similar shapes and recipes).
Pupils link percentages or 360° to calculating angles of pie charts.
Pupils should consolidate their understanding of ratio when comparing quantities, sizes and scale drawings by solving a variety of problems. They might use the notation a:b to record their work.
Pupils solve problems involving unequal quantities, for example, ’for every egg you need 3 spoonfuls of flour’, ‘
of the class are boys’. These problems are the foundation for later formal approaches to ratio and proportion.
Algebra
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 2 unknowns
 enumerate possibilities of combinations of 2 variables
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils should be introduced to the use of symbols and letters to represent variables and unknowns in mathematical situations that they already understand, such as:
 missing numbers, lengths, coordinates and angles
 formulae in mathematics and science
 equivalent expressions (for example, a + b = b + a)
 generalisations of number patterns
 number puzzles (for example, what 2 numbers can add up to)
Measurement
Pupils should be taught to:
 solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to 3 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 3 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]
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils connect conversion (for example, from kilometres to miles) to a graphical representation as preparation for understanding linear/proportional graphs.
They know approximate conversions and are able to tell if an answer is sensible.
Using the number line, pupils use, add and subtract positive and negative integers for measures such as temperature.
They relate the area of rectangles to parallelograms and triangles, for example, by dissection, and calculate their areas, understanding and using the formulae (in words or symbols) to do this.
Pupils could be introduced to compound units for speed, such as miles per hour, and apply their knowledge in science or other subjects as appropriate.
Geometry  properties of shapes
Pupils should be taught to:
 draw 2D shapes using given dimensions and angles
 recognise, describe and build simple 3D 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
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils draw shapes and nets accurately, using measuring tools and conventional markings and labels for lines and angles.
Pupils describe the properties of shapes and explain how unknown angles and lengths can be derived from known measurements.
These relationships might be expressed algebraically for example, d = 2 × r; a = 180 − (b + c).
Geometry  position and direction
Pupils should be taught to:
 describe positions on the full coordinate grid (all 4 quadrants)
 draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils draw and label a pair of axes in all 4 quadrants with equal scaling. This extends their knowledge of one quadrant to all 4 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.
Statistics
Pupils should be taught to:
 interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems
 calculate and interpret the mean as an average
Notes and guidance (nonstatutory)
Pupils connect their work on angles, fractions and percentages to the interpretation of pie charts.
Pupils both encounter and draw graphs relating 2 variables, arising from their own enquiry and in other subjects.
They should connect conversion from kilometres to miles in measurement to its graphical representation.
Pupils know when it is appropriate to find the mean of a data set.
Key stage 3
Introduction
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for key stage 3 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should build on key stage 2 and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects.
Decisions about progression should be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content in preparation for key stage 4. Those who are not sufficiently fluent should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
Working mathematically
Through the mathematics content, pupils should be taught to:
Develop fluency
 consolidate their numerical and mathematical capability from key stage 2 and extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include decimals, fractions, powers and roots
 select and use appropriate calculation strategies to solve increasingly complex problems
 use algebra to generalise the structure of arithmetic, including to formulate mathematical relationships
 substitute values in expressions, rearrange and simplify expressions, and solve equations
 move freely between different numerical, algebraic, graphical and diagrammatic representations [for example, equivalent fractions, fractions and decimals, and equations and graphs]
 develop algebraic and graphical fluency, including understanding linear and simple quadratic functions
 use language and properties precisely to analyse numbers, algebraic expressions, 2D and 3D shapes, probability and statistics
Reason mathematically
 extend their understanding of the number system; make connections between number relationships, and their algebraic and graphical representations
 extend and formalise their knowledge of ratio and proportion in working with measures and geometry, and in formulating proportional relations algebraically
 identify variables and express relations between variables algebraically and graphically
 make and test conjectures about patterns and relationships; look for proofs or counterexamples
 begin to reason deductively in geometry, number and algebra, including using geometrical constructions
 interpret when the structure of a numerical problem requires additive, multiplicative or proportional reasoning
 explore what can and cannot be inferred in statistical and probabilistic settings, and begin to express their arguments formally
Solve problems
 develop their mathematical knowledge, in part through solving problems and evaluating the outcomes, including multistep problems
 develop their use of formal mathematical knowledge to interpret and solve problems, including in financial mathematics
 begin to model situations mathematically and express the results using a range of formal mathematical representations
 select appropriate concepts, methods and techniques to apply to unfamiliar and nonroutine problems
Subject content
Number
Pupils should be taught to:
 understand and use place value for decimals, measures and integers of any size
 order positive and negative integers, decimals and fractions; use the number line as a model for ordering of the real numbers; use the symbols =, ≠, <, >, ≤, ≥
 use the concepts and vocabulary of prime numbers, factors (or divisors), multiples, common factors, common multiples, highest common factor, lowest common multiple, prime factorisation, including using product notation and the unique factorisation property
 use the 4 operations, including formal written methods, applied to integers, decimals, proper and improper fractions, and mixed numbers, all both positive and negative
 use conventional notation for the priority of operations, including brackets, powers, roots and reciprocals
 recognise and use relationships between operations including inverse operations
 use integer powers and associated real roots (square, cube and higher), recognise powers of 2, 3, 4, 5 and distinguish between exact representations of roots and their decimal approximations
 interpret and compare numbers in standard form A x 10^{n} 1≤A<10, where n is a positive or negative integer or 0
 work interchangeably with terminating decimals and their corresponding fractions (such as 3.5 and or 0.375 and )
 define percentage as ‘number of parts per hundred’, interpret percentages and percentage changes as a fraction or a decimal, interpret these multiplicatively, express 1 quantity as a percentage of another, compare 2 quantities using percentages, and work with percentages greater than 100%
 interpret fractions and percentages as operators
 use standard units of mass, length, time, money and other measures, including with decimal quantities
 round numbers and measures to an appropriate degree of accuracy [for example, to a number of decimal places or significant figures]
 use approximation through rounding to estimate answers and calculate possible resulting errors expressed using inequality notation a<x≤b
 use a calculator and other technologies to calculate results accurately and then interpret them appropriately
 appreciate the infinite nature of the sets of integers, real and rational numbers
Algebra
Pupils should be taught to:
 use and interpret algebraic notation, including:
 ab in place of a × b
 3y in place of y + y + y and 3 × y
 a² in place of a × a, a³ in place of a × a × a; a²b in place of a × a × b
 in place of a ÷ b
 coefficients written as fractions rather than as decimals
 brackets
 substitute numerical values into formulae and expressions, including scientific formulae
 understand and use the concepts and vocabulary of expressions, equations, inequalities, terms and factors
 simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions to maintain equivalence by:
 collecting like terms
 multiplying a single term over a bracket
 taking out common factors
 expanding products of 2 or more binomials
 understand and use standard mathematical formulae; rearrange formulae to change the subject
 model situations or procedures by translating them into algebraic expressions or formulae and by using graphs
 use algebraic methods to solve linear equations in 1 variable (including all forms that require rearrangement)
 work with coordinates in all 4 quadrants
 recognise, sketch and produce graphs of linear and quadratic functions of 1 variable with appropriate scaling, using equations in x and y and the Cartesian plane
 interpret mathematical relationships both algebraically and graphically
 reduce a given linear equation in 2 variables to the standard form y = mx + c; calculate and interpret gradients and intercepts of graphs of such linear equations numerically, graphically and algebraically
 use linear and quadratic graphs to estimate values of y for given values of x and vice versa and to find approximate solutions of simultaneous linear equations
 find approximate solutions to contextual problems from given graphs of a variety of functions, including piecewise linear, exponential and reciprocal graphs
 generate terms of a sequence from either a termtoterm or a positiontoterm rule
 recognise arithmetic sequences and find the nth term
 recognise geometric sequences and appreciate other sequences that arise
Ratio, proportion and rates of change
Pupils should be taught to:
 change freely between related standard units [for example time, length, area, volume/capacity, mass]
 use scale factors, scale diagrams and maps
 express 1 quantity as a fraction of another, where the fraction is less than 1 and greater than 1
 use ratio notation, including reduction to simplest form
 divide a given quantity into 2 parts in a given part:part or part:whole ratio; express the division of a quantity into 2 parts as a ratio
 understand that a multiplicative relationship between 2 quantities can be expressed as a ratio or a fraction
 relate the language of ratios and the associated calculations to the arithmetic of fractions and to linear functions
 solve problems involving percentage change, including: percentage increase, decrease and original value problems and simple interest in financial mathematics
 solve problems involving direct and inverse proportion, including graphical and algebraic representations
 use compound units such as speed, unit pricing and density to solve problems
Geometry and measures
Pupils should be taught to:
 derive and apply formulae to calculate and solve problems involving: perimeter and area of triangles, parallelograms, trapezia, volume of cuboids (including cubes) and other prisms (including cylinders)
 calculate and solve problems involving: perimeters of 2D shapes (including circles), areas of circles and composite shapes
 draw and measure line segments and angles in geometric figures, including interpreting scale drawings
 derive and use the standard ruler and compass constructions (perpendicular bisector of a line segment, constructing a perpendicular to a given line from/at a given point, bisecting a given angle); recognise and use the perpendicular distance from a point to a line as the shortest distance to the line
 describe, sketch and draw using conventional terms and notations: points, lines, parallel lines, perpendicular lines, right angles, regular polygons, and other polygons that are reflectively and rotationally symmetric
 use the standard conventions for labelling the sides and angles of triangle ABC, and know and use the criteria for congruence of triangles
 derive and illustrate properties of triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, and other plane figures [for example, equal lengths and angles] using appropriate language and technologies
 identify properties of, and describe the results of, translations, rotations and reflections applied to given figures
 identify and construct congruent triangles, and construct similar shapes by enlargement, with and without coordinate grids
 apply the properties of angles at a point, angles at a point on a straight line, vertically opposite angles
 understand and use the relationship between parallel lines and alternate and corresponding angles
 derive and use the sum of angles in a triangle and use it to deduce the angle sum in any polygon, and to derive properties of regular polygons
 apply angle facts, triangle congruence, similarity and properties of quadrilaterals to derive results about angles and sides, including Pythagoras’ Theorem, and use known results to obtain simple proofs
 use Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometric ratios in similar triangles to solve problems involving rightangled triangles
 use the properties of faces, surfaces, edges and vertices of cubes, cuboids, prisms, cylinders, pyramids, cones and spheres to solve problems in 3D
 interpret mathematical relationships both algebraically and geometrically
Probability
Pupils should be taught to:
 record, describe and analyse the frequency of outcomes of simple probability experiments involving randomness, fairness, equally and unequally likely outcomes, using appropriate language and the 01 probability scale
 understand that the probabilities of all possible outcomes sum to 1
 enumerate sets and unions/intersections of sets systematically, using tables, grids and Venn diagrams
 generate theoretical sample spaces for single and combined events with equally likely, mutually exclusive outcomes and use these to calculate theoretical probabilities
Statistics
Pupils should be taught to:
 describe, interpret and compare observed distributions of a single variable through: appropriate graphical representation involving discrete, continuous and grouped data; and appropriate measures of central tendency (mean, mode, median) and spread (range, consideration of outliers)
 construct and interpret appropriate tables, charts, and diagrams, including frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts, and pictograms for categorical data, and vertical line (or bar) charts for ungrouped and grouped numerical data
 describe simple mathematical relationships between 2 variables (bivariate data) in observational and experimental contexts and illustrate using scatter graphs
Key stage 4
This programme of study specifies:
 the mathematical content that should be taught to all pupils, in standard type
 additional mathematical content to be taught to more highly attaining pupils, in braces { }
Together, the mathematical content set out in the key stage 3 and key stage 4 programmes of study covers the full range of material contained in the GCSE Mathematics qualification. Wherever it is appropriate, given pupils’ security of understanding and readiness to progress, pupils should be taught the full content set out in this programme of study.
Working mathematically
Through the mathematics content pupils should be taught to:
Develop fluency
 consolidate their numerical and mathematical capability from key stage 3 and extend their understanding of the number system to include powers, roots {and fractional indices}
 select and use appropriate calculation strategies to solve increasingly complex problems, including exact calculations involving multiples of π {and surds}, use of standard form and application and interpretation of limits of accuracy
 consolidate their algebraic capability from key stage 3 and extend their understanding of algebraic simplification and manipulation to include quadratic expressions, {and expressions involving surds and algebraic fractions}
 extend fluency with expressions and equations from key stage 3, to include quadratic equations, simultaneous equations and inequalities
 move freely between different numerical, algebraic, graphical and diagrammatic representations, including of linear, quadratic, reciprocal, {exponential and trigonometric} functions
 use mathematical language and properties precisely
Reason mathematically
 extend and formalise their knowledge of ratio and proportion, including trigonometric ratios, in working with measures and geometry, and in working with proportional relations algebraically and graphically
 extend their ability to identify variables and express relations between variables algebraically and graphically
 make and test conjectures about the generalisations that underlie patterns and relationships; look for proofs or counterexamples; begin to use algebra to support and construct arguments {and proofs}
 reason deductively in geometry, number and algebra, including using geometrical constructions
 interpret when the structure of a numerical problem requires additive, multiplicative or proportional reasoning
 explore what can and cannot be inferred in statistical and probabilistic settings, and express their arguments formally
 assess the validity of an argument and the accuracy of a given way of presenting information
Solve problems
 develop their mathematical knowledge, in part through solving problems and evaluating the outcomes, including multistep problems
 develop their use of formal mathematical knowledge to interpret and solve problems, including in financial contexts
 make and use connections between different parts of mathematics to solve problems
 model situations mathematically and express the results using a range of formal mathematical representations, reflecting on how their solutions may have been affected by any modelling assumptions
 select appropriate concepts, methods and techniques to apply to unfamiliar and nonroutine problems; interpret their solution in the context of the given problem
Subject content
Number
In addition to consolidating subject content from key stage 3, pupils should be taught to:
 apply systematic listing strategies, {including use of the product rule for counting}
 {estimate powers and roots of any given positive number}
 calculate with roots, and with integer {and fractional} indices
 calculate exactly with fractions, {surds} and multiples of π {simplify surd expressions involving squares [for example √12 = √(4 × 3) = √4 × √3 = 2√3] and rationalise denominators}
 calculate with numbers in standard form A × 10n, where 1 ≤ A < 10 and n is an integer
 {change recurring decimals into their corresponding fractions and vice versa}
 identify and work with fractions in ratio problems
 apply and interpret limits of accuracy when rounding or truncating, {including upper and lower bounds}
Algebra
In addition to consolidating subject content from key stage 3, pupils should be taught to:
 simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions (including those involving surds {and algebraic fractions}) by:
 factorising quadratic expressions of the form x^{2} + bx + c, including the difference of 2 squares; {factorising quadratic expressions of the form ax^{2} + bx + c}
 simplifying expressions involving sums, products and powers, including the laws of indices
 know the difference between an equation and an identity; argue mathematically to show algebraic expressions are equivalent, and use algebra to support and construct arguments {and proofs}
 where appropriate, interpret simple expressions as functions with inputs and outputs; {interpret the reverse process as the ‘inverse function’; interpret the succession of 2 functions as a ‘composite function’}
 use the form y = mx + c to identify parallel {and perpendicular} lines; find the equation of the line through 2 given points, or through 1 point with a given gradient
 identify and interpret roots, intercepts and turning points of quadratic functions graphically; deduce roots algebraically {and turning points by completing the square}
 recognise, sketch and interpret graphs of linear functions, quadratic functions, simple cubic functions, the reciprocal function y = with x ≠ 0, {the exponential function y = k^{x} for positive values of k, and the trigonometric functions (with arguments in degrees) y = sin x, y = cos x and y = tan x for angles of any size}
 {sketch translations and reflections of the graph of a given function}
 plot and interpret graphs (including reciprocal graphs {and exponential graphs}) and graphs of nonstandard functions in real contexts, to find approximate solutions to problems such as simple kinematic problems involving distance, speed and acceleration
 {calculate or estimate gradients of graphs and areas under graphs (including quadratic and other nonlinear graphs), and interpret results in cases such as distancetime graphs, velocitytime graphs and graphs in financial contexts}
 {recognise and use the equation of a circle with centre at the origin; find the equation of a tangent to a circle at a given point}
 solve quadratic equations {including those that require rearrangement} algebraically by factorising, {by completing the square and by using the quadratic formula}; find approximate solutions using a graph
 solve 2 simultaneous equations in 2 variables (linear/linear {or linear/quadratic}) algebraically; find approximate solutions using a graph
 {find approximate solutions to equations numerically using iteration}
 translate simple situations or procedures into algebraic expressions or formulae; derive an equation (or 2 simultaneous equations), solve the equation(s) and interpret the solution
 solve linear inequalities in 1 {or 2} variable {s}, {and quadratic inequalities in 1 variable}; represent the solution set on a number line, {using set notation and on a graph}
 recognise and use sequences of triangular, square and cube numbers, simple arithmetic progressions, Fibonacci type sequences, quadratic sequences, and simple geometric progressions (r^{n} where n is an integer, and r is a positive rational number {or a surd}) {and other sequences}
 deduce expressions to calculate the nth term of linear {and quadratic} sequences.
Ratio, proportion and rates of change
In addition to consolidating subject content from key stage 3, pupils should be taught to:
 compare lengths, areas and volumes using ratio notation and/or scale factors; make links to similarity (including trigonometric ratios)
 convert between related compound units (speed, rates of pay, prices, density, pressure) in numerical and algebraic contexts
 understand that X is inversely proportional to Y is equivalent to X is proportional to ; {construct and} interpret equations that describe direct and inverse proportion
 interpret the gradient of a straight line graph as a rate of change; recognise and interpret graphs that illustrate direct and inverse proportion
 {interpret the gradient at a point on a curve as the instantaneous rate of change; apply the concepts of instantaneous and average rate of change (gradients of tangents and chords) in numerical, algebraic and graphical contexts}
 set up, solve and interpret the answers in growth and decay problems, including compound interest {and work with general iterative processes}
Geometry and measures
In addition to consolidating subject content from key stage 3, pupils should be taught to:
 interpret and use fractional {and negative} scale factors for enlargements
 {describe the changes and invariance achieved by combinations of rotations, reflections and translations}
 identify and apply circle definitions and properties, including: centre, radius, chord, diameter, circumference, tangent, arc, sector and segment
 {apply and prove the standard circle theorems concerning angles, radii, tangents and chords, and use them to prove related results}
 construct and interpret plans and elevations of 3D shapes
 interpret and use bearings
 calculate arc lengths, angles and areas of sectors of circles
 calculate surface areas and volumes of spheres, pyramids, cones and composite solids
 apply the concepts of congruence and similarity, including the relationships between lengths, {areas and volumes} in similar figures
 apply Pythagoras’ Theorem and trigonometric ratios to find angles and lengths in rightangled triangles {and, where possible, general triangles} in 2 {and 3} dimensional figures
 know the exact values of sin θ and cos θ for θ = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90°; know the exact value of tan θ for θ = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60°
 {know and apply the sine rule, = = , and cosine rule, a^{2} = b^{2} + c^{2}  2bc cos A, to find unknown lengths and angles}
 {know and apply Area = ab sin C to calculate the area, sides or angles of any triangle}
 describe translations as 2D vectors
 apply addition and subtraction of vectors, multiplication of vectors by a scalar, and diagrammatic and column representations of vectors; {use vectors to construct geometric arguments and proofs}
Probability
In addition to consolidating subject content from key stage 3, pupils should be taught to:
 apply the property that the probabilities of an exhaustive set of mutually exclusive events sum to 1
 use a probability model to predict the outcomes of future experiments; understand that empirical unbiased samples tend towards theoretical probability distributions, with increasing sample size
 calculate the probability of independent and dependent combined events, including using tree diagrams and other representations, and know the underlying assumptions
 {calculate and interpret conditional probabilities through representation using expected frequencies with twoway tables, tree diagrams and Venn diagrams}
Statistics
In addition to consolidating subject content from key stage 3, pupils should be taught to:
 infer properties of populations or distributions from a sample, whilst knowing the limitations of sampling
 interpret and construct tables and line graphs for time series data
 {construct and interpret diagrams for grouped discrete data and continuous data, ie, histograms with equal and unequal class intervals and cumulative frequency graphs, and know their appropriate use}
 interpret, analyse and compare the distributions of data sets from univariate empirical distributions through:
 appropriate graphical representation involving discrete, continuous and grouped data, {including box plots}
 appropriate measures of central tendency (including modal class) and spread {including quartiles and interquartile range}
 apply statistics to describe a population
 use and interpret scatter graphs of bivariate data; recognise correlation and know that it does not indicate causation; draw estimated lines of best fit; make predictions; interpolate and extrapolate apparent trends whilst knowing the dangers of so doing.