Understanding how place value works is a fundamental concept in mathematics. It is crucial in calculations to understand what the value of each digit within a number is.
Our base-10 number system means that the value of a digit is determined by its place within the number.
Teach your children about place value using our handy topic guide!
- Use this place value game for paired work.
- This colouring sheet for matching tens and units to numbers, and partitioning sheet, are simple, independent activities for younger children.
- These worksheets are useful for consolidating place value work.
- Practice rounding to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000 or try these sheets when you are concentrating on rounding to the nearest hundred.
- Order numbers by completing these grids.
- Try playing Place Value Clap when you have a little time to fill.
- You just need a pack of playing cards or number cards to play this fun Millionaire Place Value game!
- Investigate how many numbers, can be made with the beads on a tens and ones abacus in this great game.
- Play some of the place value games suggested in this blog.
- Use this Decimal Demonstrator by ICT games to teach place value with decimals.
- Download our number pack for some terrific place value resources (and lots more about understanding number!).
- The decimal place value system is based on the number 10.
- Place value allows you to write any number, no matter how big or small, using only the digits 0-9!
- Place value tells us how much each digit in a number is worth. For example, the digit 8 could represent 8 tens (in 86) or 8 thousands (in 8734).
- In any number, whole numbers are placed to the left of the decimal point, and fractions of numbers to the right of it. For example, in 1.5 the 1 represents 1 whole, and the 5 represents 5/10, or 1/2.
- Place value systems were developed by several early civilisations, including the Babylonians. The system we use started in India and started to spread across the world in the 8th century.
NUMBERJACKS | Tens Moments
A fun episode of Numberjacks that explains how the digits 1 and 0 represent 10.
Running time: 14:02
Fun Place Value Activity Using Cups
This short video demonstrates using stacking cups to model place value, up to millions.
Running time: 1:04
Place value. 5 min maths for Year 5
A quick lesson on finding 100 more and 100 less up to one million.
Running time: 4:54
Place Value and Partitioning
Mr K gives a clear explanation of partitioning.
Running time: 3:20
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