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Autumn 1:

Place Value

A good understanding of place value (the value of each digit in a number) is vital in maths.

Place value is the value of each digit in a number. It means understanding that 582 is made up of 500, 80 and 2, rather than 5, 8 and 2.

Four operations:

Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


In Year 6, it is important that children are confident with all four operations.  Children are encouraged to estimate their answer first so that they have an idea of how big the answer should be.  This is important to help them check their answer.  They also need to consider whether a written method is appropriate or if the calculation can be done mentally, with jottings (e.g. a number line) to help.  The formal written methods are shown in the knowledge organisers below.