Place value in 3-place decimals - Teaching Presentation - Year 6

This presentation provides three days of teaching that cover the objectives:

  • Understand place value in numbers with three decimal places

It includes starter activities, whole class teaching, group activities, practice sheets and mastery questions. It can be used on a variety of interactive whiteboards.

Day 1 Teaching
Write 4.735 and ask children what the 7, 3 and 5 represent. Agree they are tenths, hundredths, thousandths. Show this on a place value grid. After subtracting 0.005, check that they write 4.73 not 4.730. Emphasize that we only write 0 in thousandths place if there are digits after this. Children add and subtract multiples of 0.1, 0.01 and 0.001.

Day 2 Teaching
Launch the ITP ‘Moving digits’. Use the cards to show 56. Click to multiply by 10 three times, saying multiply by 10, 100, 1000. Discuss how much we have multiplied by and what the effect on the digits is. Discuss the effect of dividing 2340 by 1000. Then multiply and divide other numbers by 10, 100 and 1000, monitoring the effect on the digits.

Day 3 Teaching
Show children a counting stick for 2–3. Count from 2 to 3 in steps of 0.1. Children draw a line 2.3–2.4 and mark a number with 2 decimal places. What does this round to? Repeat, for numbers with 3 decimal places.

This teaching is part of Hamilton’s Year 6 Decimals and Fractions block. Each Hamilton maths block contains a complete set of planning and resources to teach a term’s worth of objectives for one of the National Curriculum for England’s maths areas.


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