Place value

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Why learn about place value?

Where a digit is written in a number affects its value. For instance 20 is worth ten times 2.

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Place value includes:

  • The meaning of place value and digits
  • How zero is used as a place holder and its importance
  • Writing numbers in word and digit form
  • Comparing the size of numbers
  • Common errors that can occur with place value
  • Adding and subtracting tens and hundreds and the effect on place value
  • The use of inequality signs

What do the levels mean?

Skillswise uses the levels of the National Qualifications Framework, which start at Entry 1, 2 and 3 and then go on to Level 1 and Level 2.

  • Entry 3 covers the basic concepts and is a good preparation for starting a Level 1 course.
  • Level 1 is roughly equivalent to a GCSE D-G grade in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and a Foundation level at Standard Grade in Scotland. A useful qualification for many jobs.
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