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Is Zero a Number? You decide.....

In year 4 we have opened a debate as to whether 'Zero is a number'. Having read the book 'A place for zero' and built upon our ever expanding knowledge and application of place value, we began a debate.


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  • Children involvement
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Since then we have taken the debate outside our classroom and started a display. Primary and Secondary teachers and students have become involved and we encourge evryone to share their views. 

Post-it notes and pencils are available outside Year 4 Braille (L118) and students can share your views from home as well.

So if you are short of a hot topic of conversation over the breakfast table here is your conversation starter, 'Is zero a number?' Rumour has it that this is all Mr and Mrs Prabhu have been discussing this week.


On to the options...

"Yes of course!" (supported by many including Ilias and Kasper in Year 4)

Illias says "You can round to zero so of course it is a number"

Kasper commented "Without zero how can you get back to positive from a negative".

However those in the no way camp include a number of teachers.

Mrs Fox says "The Greeks managed without a zero."

Mr Holmes mentioned "That zero is a symbol that replaces a lack of a number"

Mr Collyer added "Zero is a place holder"

Some of us like to sit on the fence and are either undecided or are just confused.

Julia in Year 4 commented "Yes and no, because it means nothing but still helps us so much"

Also from Year 4, Veronika added "I'm not sure because sometimes we need it and sometimes we don't"

We need your input and quotes so now it's over to you to get involved. Watch this space...


Henry W Guyler

Year 4 Teacher

Year Level Leader