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Year 5

At the end of the year, most children should be able to:


Number and Place Value

  • 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 zero;
  • 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; and
  • read Roman numerals to 1,000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.



  • 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 multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why;
  • identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers;
  • know and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non-prime) 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 two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers;
  • multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts;
  • divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit 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; and
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division, including scaling by simple fractions and problems involving simple rates.



  • 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, 2/5 + 4/5 = 6/5 = 1 1/5;
  • 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 = 71/100;
  • recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents;
  • round decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place;
  • read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places;
  • solve problems involving number up to three decimal places;
  • recognise the per cent symbol (%) and understand that per cent relates to ‘number of parts per hundred’, and write percentages as a fraction with denominator 100, and as a decimal; and
  • solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of 1/2, 1/4, 1/5, 2/5, 4/5 and those fractions with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25.



  • 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), and 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; and
  • use all four operations to solve problems involving measure [for example, length, mass, volume, money] using decimal notation, including scaling.



  • identify 3-D shapes, including cubes and other cuboids, from 2-D 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 one whole turn (total 360°)
    • angles at a point on a straight line and a 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; and
  • 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.



  • solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph; and
  • complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables.