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Decimals Starters:

Book Worm: Work out the distance the book worm needs to eat through to get to the back cover of the last book.

Calc-A-Hundred: A game for two players requiring a calculator and thinking skills.

Divided Age: How old is a person if when her age is divided by certain numbers, the calculator display ending are as shown.

Fraction Order: Arrange the fractions and decimals in order from smallest to largest.

Fractions Decimals Percentages: Convert fractions to decimals, decimals to percentages and percentages to fractions.

Loopy Lake: Match the fractions to their decimal equivalents and join them with lines that do not cross.

Noodlewhack: Divide one whole number by another on your calculator. If the answer has one digit repeated but no other digits you have a Noodlewhack.

Top Transfer: Beginning with 100 on your calculator, what is the largest and smallest totals you can end up with after travelling through each of the possible routes.

Fraction Line

Arrange the fractions, shown in a variety of formats, in order from smallest to largest.

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Curriculum for Decimals:

Year 5

Pupils should be taught to read and write decimal numbers as fractions [for example, 0.71 = 71100] more...

Pupils should be taught to recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents more...

Pupils should be taught to read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places more...

Pupils should be taught to solve problems which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents of ½, ¼, ⅕, ⅖, ⅘ and those fractions with a denominator of a multiple of 10 or 25 more...

Year 6

Pupils should be taught to solve problems involving the calculation and conversion of units of measure, using decimal notation up to three decimal places where appropriate more...

Pupils should be taught to associate a fraction with division and calculate decimal fraction equivalents [for example, 0.375] for a simple fraction more...

Pupils should be taught to identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places and multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to three decimal places more...

Pupils should be taught to multiply one-digit numbers with up to two decimal places by whole numbers more...

Pupils should be taught to recall and use equivalences between simple fractions, decimals and percentages, including in different contexts. more...

Years 7 to 9

Pupils should be taught to order positive and negative integers, decimals and fractions; use the number line as a model for ordering of the real numbers; use the symbols =, ≠, <, >, ≤, ≥ more...

Pupils should be taught to use the four operations, including formal written methods, applied to integers, decimals, proper and improper fractions, and mixed numbers, all both positive and negative more...

Pupils should be taught to work interchangeably with terminating decimals and their corresponding fractions (such as 3.5 and 72 or 0.375 and 38 ) more...

Pupils should be taught to use standard units of mass, length, time, money and other measures, including with decimal quantities more...

Years 10 and 11

Pupils should be taught to {change recurring decimals into their corresponding fractions and vice versa} more...

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Notes:

Working with decimals, for most pupils, presents little difficulty if the pupils have confidence working with whole numbers. The topic of decimals provides an extension to the place value system with the addition of tenths, hundredths, thousandths etc.

For many pen and paper multiplication and division calculations the decimal numbers can be considered as whole numbers then the answers adjusted accordingly. So 2.4 x 2.34 can be considered as 24 x 234 รท 1000. The numbers are multiplied by ten and one hundred respectively then the answer needs to be divided by the ten and one hundred to compensate.

Pupils should use their understanding of place value to round decimal numbers. They should also use decimal numbers in the context of measures and money. This topic also contains activities which encourage pupils to investigate and explore the properties of decimal numbers and gain a better understanding of them.

Decimals Teacher Resources:

Decimals Line: A number line showing tenths and hundredths with draggable arrows. This is a visual aid designed to be projected onto a whiteboard for whole class exposition

Fractions Decimals Percentages: Revise the methods for converting fractions to decimals and percentages.

Decimals Activities:

Fraction Line: Arrange the fractions, shown in a variety of formats, in order from smallest to largest.

Fraction Order: Arrange the fractions and decimals in order from smallest to largest.

Reading Scales: A self marking exercise on the reading of scales of different types.

Decimal Plus: Practise mental and written methods for adding and subtracting decimal numbers.

Decimal Times: Practise mental and written methods for multiplying and dividing decimal numbers.

Fraction Decimal Pairs: The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game adapted to test knowledge of simple fractions and their equivalent decimals.

Particular Pipes: Construct the pipes using a set number of pieces with lengths given as fractions, decimals or percentages.

Rounding SF: A self marking exercise requiring students to round numbers to a given number of significant figures.

Fractions, Decimals, Percentages: An exercise on converting fractions to decimals, decimals to percentages and percentages to fractions.

Inequalities: Check that you know what inequality signs mean and how they are used to compare two quantities. Includes negative numbers, decimals, fractions and metric measures.

Recurring Decimals: Change recurring decimals into their corresponding fractions and vica versa.

Finally there is Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world.

Decimals Investigations:

Decimal Products: Find two decimal numbers that add up to exactly one. What is the product of these two decimals?

Decimals Videos:

Transum's Decimals Video

Decimal Plus Video: Learn the written methods for adding and subtracting decimal numbers. This video is to help you do the online, self-marking exercise.

Line up the dot: A cartoon illustrated rap song explaining addition and subtraction of decimals.

Multiplying and Dividing Decimals: A straight forward, no nonsense demonstration of the methods of multiplying and dividing decimals.

Decimal Multiplication and Division Video: See the most efficient pencil-and-paper methods for multiplying and dividing decimal numbers.

Fractions Decimals Percentages Video: A reminder of the quick methods of converting between fractions, decimals and percentages.

Decimals Worksheets/Printables:

Divided Age Worksheet: Additional questions for the 6th December Starter of the Day about the decimal part of quotients.

Take Sides Questions: Thirty pairs of numbers or calculations. Which one of the pair is the largest?

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Recurring Decimals

Change recurring decimals into their corresponding fractions and vica versa.

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