Maths – Place Value

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Our current math focus is developing understanding of place value in numbers.

To begin with, students learn to recognise patterns to 5 on fingers and in 10s frames, and then they extend this knowledge to numbers to 10. The idea of having instant identification is that kids start to develop the understanding that while numbers can be formed in different ways, they are still the same number (e.g 4+3 = 7, so does 5+2 and 6+1).

The next step on from pattern recognition is to understand the value of the digits in numbers. We regularly use place value houses to show how the position of each digit affects it’s value. Our main focus is on the first place value house, often referred to as the ‘trend-setter house’ which includes the hundreds, tens and ones/units. Kids are also learning to expand out numbers to reinforce the idea of place value (e.g. 793 is not simply 7 and 9 and 3, it is 700 + 90 + 3).

Below are some games and activities to reinforce these ideas at home.