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Programme Of Study For Key Stage 3 Mathematics

These are the Transum resources related to the statement: "Pupils should be taught to round numbers and measures to an appropriate degree of accuracy [for example, to a number of decimal places or significant figures]"

Here are some specific activities, investigations or visual aids we have picked out. Click anywhere in the grey area to access the resource.

- 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
- Number Skills Inventory A checklist of basic numeracy techniques that every pupil should know.
- Rounding DP A self marking exercise requiring students to round numbers to a given number of decimal places.
- Rounding SF A self marking exercise requiring students to round numbers to a given number of significant figures.
- Rounding Snap If the last card put down equals the previous card to the nearest whole number then all players race to shout SNAP!
- Rounding Ten Round the numbers to the nearest whole number or the given power of ten.
- Significant Figures A CGP Maths Tutor explains what 'significant figures' are then talks you through some examples in this video tutorial.

Click on a topic below for suggested lesson starters, resources and activities from Transum.

- Approximation Approximating a quantity is often to get a value that is easier to use or understand, at the cost of making it less precise. This approximation is very important in dealing with answers to mathematical problems and making them relevant to the real world. Rounding to a given number of decimal places or significant figures is required of pupils. The error introduced when approximating a value may be further magnified with subsequent calculations. Understanding this error and how it can be minimised is another important aspect of this topic. See also the "Rounding" and "Estimating" Starters.
- Rounding The objective of rounding is often to get a number that is easier to use, at the cost of making it less precise. This approximation is very important in dealing with answers to mathematical problems and making them relevant to the real world. Rounding to a given number of decimal places or significant figures is required of pupils. See also the "Approximating" Starters. Once the principles of rounding have been understood, a fun way to practise the skills is to play "Rounding Snap".