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Know Your Place

Perform some calculations without a calculator which require a knowledge of place value.

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Description Help More Place Value

This is level 1; Add and subtract numbers You can earn a trophy if you get at least 9 correct.

8 + 40

Correct Wrong

600 + 4000

Correct Wrong

20000 − 5000

Correct Wrong

5 + 0.7

Correct Wrong

0.3 + 0.9

Correct Wrong

0.4 − 0.03

Correct Wrong

200 − 10

Correct Wrong

12 − 0.6

Correct Wrong

4 + 0.02

Correct Wrong

0.32 − 0.16

Correct Wrong

30.8 − 0.077

Correct Wrong

0.097 + 0.033

Correct Wrong

This is Know Your Place level 1. You can also try:


Try your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.

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If you found this activity useful don't forget to record it in your scheme of work or learning management system. The short URL, ready to be copied and pasted, is as follows:


Monday, November 10, 2014

"In the decimal number system the value of a digit depends on its position in the number. Each position has a value ten times the position to its right. This is unlike other number systems such as Roman numerals. It is this place value that makes arithmetic easier to perform. Make sure you know the position of the digits that represent thousands, hundreds, tens, units, tenths, hundredths and thousandths at least."

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Description of Levels



Level 1 - Add and subtract numbers

Level 2 - Multiply and divide numbers

Level 3 - Find the missing numbers in the calculations

Level 4 - Questions presented in words requiring answers in digits


60 x 70 = 6 x 10 x 7 x 10 = 42 x 100 = 4200

20000 ÷ 500 = 20 x 1000 ÷ 5 ÷ 100 = 4 x 10 = 40

Or 20000 ÷ 500 = 200 ÷ 5 = 40

Don't wait until you have finished the exercise before you click on the 'Check' button. Click it often as you work through the questions to see if you are answering them correctly.