Place value and ordering

You can use these techniques and exercises when planning lesson sequences in place value and ordering.

In primary school pupils will have worked extensively with the image of the number line. As their knowledge and experience of mathematics extends they will welcome the place-value chart as a most flexible and useful image. It will help extend their ability to deal with large and small numbers.

The ability to multiply and divide by any integer power of 10 and to start writing numbers in standard form depends on a secure understanding of place value. This understanding is fundamental in manipulating large and small numbers, both mentally and in written form.

Multiply and divide integers and decimals by powers of 10 provides contexts in which pupils should develop mental processes in place value.