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Numbers, number lines and counting!

Year 2 have just finished their unit on Place Value

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You might have heard your child talking about "Place Value" and wondered what they meant. Basically, it means that in Year 2 being able to recognise the numbers is not enough. We need to know what is the difference between the number 1 digit in 12 and 102 or the number 3s in 32 and 343. Place value is important because it helps us understand the meaning and the order of numbers.

How do the 6 year olds in Year 2 learn about place value? Well, we start from using "manipulatives" which is another term for 3D items. This can be Dienes blocks or Base 10, which are single blocks, blocks stuck into 10s or 100s, groups of straws grouped into 10s and single straws for 1s, cubes set into ten or single cubes etc. We then encourage the children to count in 1s as they would usually, moving on to counting in 10s and once we've grasped that, 2s and 5s.

The 100 square is also extremely important to us at this stage in Mathematics as we search for patterns, learning how to jump in 2s, 5s and 10s! See for yourself how the children have done in the photos!

Siobháin Keenan-Maciejewska
Year 2 Teacher