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What is a decimal?

A decimal is a way of writing a number that is not whole. Decimal numbers are 'in-between' numbers. For example, 5.25 is in between the numbers 5 and 6. It is more than 5, but less than 6.

To find out exactly what a decimal number represents, use place value headings, that is tenths, hundredths etc.

Decimals: Units, tens, hundreths, thousandths

The numbers to the left of the decimal point are whole numbers.

The numbers to the right of the decimal point are parts of whole numbers.

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