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Maths Year 6 Spring Spr/Sum Revision Menu A

Revision for Year 6 SATs will be driven by the specific needs of the children in your class. We therefore provide a 'Menu' of Revision units for you to choose from, with the option to begin your Revision in the Spring Term. The full 'Menu' is also available in the Summer term. Menu 'A' caters largely for number-based skills; Menu 'B' provides for consolidation of non-number toipcs. Our 'FLEXIBLE BLOCKS' provide the same menus of revision teaching.

Each Revision unit has everything you need to revise a set of related skills and concepts. 'Teaching & Group Activities' provides a plan for whole-class teaching; a 'Slide Presentation' brings this teaching to life on the IWB. Fully-differentiated adult-led group activities follow, allowing for small-group personalised learning, where you may deal with children's 'Common Misconceptions'. Fluency can be rehearsed with our 'Practice Sheets', or learning checked with the 'Mastery Activity'.

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Understand decimals, including negatives (suggested as 3 days)

Planning and Activities

Day 1
Children use digits 1 to 7 to make whole numbers between 3 million and 4 million. Hold up your number if it has 2 in the 100,000s place… if it has 2 in the 10,000s place… if it rounds to 3,000,000. Ask a few children to place their numbers on a 3,000,000 to 4,000,000 line. End by creating today’s ‘Top Tip for Tests’.
Group Activities
-- Complete rounding and place value problems.

Day 2
Show children the 6 function machines. If I want to convert 3.45m into centimetres, which function machine could I use? A point for each correct team. Repeat for converting 56cm to metres, 3.487 kg to grams, 480g to kg, etc. End by creating today’s ‘Top Tip for Tests’.
Group Activities
-- Practise multiplying numbers by 10 and 100.
-- Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, including converting units of measurement.

Day 3
Sketch a line from -20 to 20, mark on -20, 0 and 20. Ask children to label -7, -11, 4 and 12. Which is more -7 or -11? Which is closer to 0? If these were temperatures, which would be cooler? What is the difference between -7 and 4? Sketch a -100 to 100 line, label -100, 0 and 100. Children mark on given multiples of 10. End by creating today’s ‘Top Tip for Tests’.
Group Activities
-- Sketch number lines to help solve word problems using positive and negative numbers.
-- Find the difference between pairs of 2-digit numbers, 1 of them negative.

You Will Need

  • ‘Place value and rounding 1’ (see resources)
  • ‘Place value and rounding 2’ (see resources)
  • ‘Function machines’ (see resources)
  • ‘Place value grid’ (see resources)
  • Function wheel from
  • ‘Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000’ (see resources)
  • Sticky notes
  • ‘Negative numbers’ (see resources)
  • 0 to 9 digit cards
  • SATs-style questions (see download)

Mental/Oral Maths Starters

Day 1
Round 4-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 (pre-requisite skills).

Suggested for Day 2
Counting back (simmering skills).

Suggested for Day 3
Convert 24-hr clock to 12-hr clock times (simmering skills).


Day 1
Practise answering questions about place value and rounding.

Day 2
Multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000, convert measures from 1 unit to another. Children write a ‘Top Tip’ for multiplying numbers with decimal places by 10, 100 and 1000.

Day 3
Answer questions about negative numbers in the context of temperature, then find pairs of numbers with a given difference.

Mastery: Reasoning and Problem-Solving

  • Fill in the missing digits:
    3 8 4, ☐ 7 9 < 3 8 4, 0 ☐ 9
    1,0 ☐0, 841 > 1, 0 40,996
  • Complete the place value subtractions.
    (a) 1,249,541 – [_____] = 1,240,501
    (b) 673,890 – [_____] = 70,090
    (c) 2,951,159 – [_____] = 2,050,050
  • Draw a line from 3,000,000 to 4,000,000.
    Mark the midpoint.
    Mark 2 numbers that round to 3,000,000.
    Mark 2 numbers that round to 3,500,000 as the nearest 100,000.

Extra Support

This unit has no separate Extra Support activities.