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National Curriculum: Measurement - Year 6 - Exemplification

Created on 23 October 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 18 December 2013 by ncetm_administrator


Examples of what children should be able to do, in relation to each (boxed) Programme of Study statement

solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to three decimal places where appropriate
  • Children should be able to draw a flow chart to help someone else convert between mm, cm, m and km.
  • They should be able to answer questions such as: approximately how many litres are there in 3 gallons? Give your answer to the nearest litre.
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 three decimal places

This scale (not actual size) shows length measurements in centimetres and feet.

scale with measurements in centimetres and feet

Look at the scale. Estimate the number of centimetres that are equal to 2 ½ feet.

Estimate the difference in centimetres between 50 cm and 1 foot.

convert between miles and kilometres
  • Pupils should know the approximate equivalence between commonly used imperial units and metric units:
    e.g. 1 litre is approximately 2 pints (more accurately, 1 ¾ pints)
    4.5 litres is approximately 1 gallon or 8 pints
    1 kilogram is approximately 2 lb (more accurately, 2.2 lb)
    30 grams is approximately 1 oz
    8 kilometres is approximately 5 miles
  • Children should be able to use conversion graphs that show miles/kilometres. They should be able to use it to estimate a distance of 95 miles in kilometres.
recognise that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa

The perimeter of a square is 72 centimetres.


The square is cut in half to make two identical rectangles.

the square cut in half to make two identical rectangles

What is the perimeter of one rectangle?

recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes

Children should be able to calculate the perimeters of compound shapes that can be split into rectangles. For example,

diagram showing compound shape


calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles

This is a centimetre grid. Draw 3 more lines to make a parallelogram with an area of 10cm2. Use a ruler.

centimeter grid showing one side of a parallelogram

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09 January 2017 23:19
(Using the picture of the compound shape above)

This is a top view of a container made out of two cuboids with a height of 12 cm.

Jack calculates the volume of this cuboid using his method : 10x10x12 + 9x7x12

Jill calculates the volume using her method : 10x3 x12 + 7x12x19.

Whose method is correct?

Explain your answer fully.
By kasha
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26 October 2015 14:21
I'm afraid we weren't able to provide exemplifications for all statements in the curriculum. However, if anyone would like to suggest one here, we'd be very grateful.
26 October 2015 12:41
Is there an exemplification for the volume statement in year 6?
By dbedford
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