Teachers TV: Teaching Place Value

In the first term at Key Stage 1, many children have problems with place value. Springfield School, Jersey reveals a pioneering method of teaching hundreds, tens and units to primary children.

As part of the KS1 Numeracy series, the teachers identify, for example, 2,000 as a numeral two, followed by the word ‘thousand’. Children add this technique to their 'maths stories'.

They do the same with hundreds, working up to tens, using the word ‘ty’ and words are adjusted without obscuring the logic of the maths. Twenty one is ‘two ty one’ and thirty two is ‘three ty two’.

Last updated 16 May 2013, created 20 June 2007
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