This is a brand new category for Year 6 children, as Algebra is introduced for the first time. In fact, there is nothing very much in the way of new maths, more a change of title, as much of the work would have been covered before in other categories.
Children will need to be introduced to the use of symbols and letters to represent variables and unknowns in situations that they already understand. Here are the full statutory requirements:
Year 6 Algebra Programme of Study (statutory requirements)
Pupils should be taught to:
• express missing number problems algebraically
• use simple formulae expressed in words
• generate and describe linear number sequences
• find pairs of numbers that satisfy number sentences involving two unknowns
• enumerate all possibilities of combinations of two variables.