Decimals

Decimals

Decimals are a tricky area of maths that many children (and parents!) struggle with, but your child is going to have to be confident working with decimals by the end of primary school.

In this section of the site you'll find lots of decimals worksheets to help you support learning at home from understanding what the decimal place means to doubling and halving decimals, multiplying decimals, converting decimals to fractions, long division with decimals, dividing decimals using grids and column addition using decimals.

Articles

What are decimals?
What are decimals?
We explain what decimals are and how the concept is explained to primary-school children, as well as how they are taught to relate decimals to money and measurement, the equivalence between fractions and decimals, partitioning, rounding and ordering decimals and adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals.
Decimals explained
Teachers' tricks for decimals
Understanding decimals is vital for real-life, everyday maths. Phoebe Doyle offers some teacher tips to help your Key Stage 2 child understand what decimals are and how to use this knowledge in calculations.
Page of maths work
How to help with maths homework: a non-expert's guide
Maths is one subject that fills many parents with dread - but is it really so hard? We talk to author and deputy head teacher Matt Revill to find out how parents can help their children's maths learning.

Worksheets

Adding and subtracting decimals worksheet
Adding and subtracting decimals
When adding and subtracting decimals, it can be helpful to think about money. For example: 1.7 + 1.5. Change this to £1.70 and £1.50 to make £3.20, so the answer is 3.2. Use this method to work out these sums.
Column addition including decimals worksheet
Column addition including decimals
This worksheet gives plenty of opportunity for children to practise column addition when adding decimals. Answer sheet included.
Decimals: doubling and halving worksheet
Decimals: doubling and halving
When doubling and halving decimals it is sometimes easier to imagine them as two-digit numbers. See if you can double and halve the following decimals, using the knowledge you already have of doubling and halving other numbers.

Games

Decimals game
Decimals game

Help Dick and Dom find the biggest decimal in this game of horses, hats and turnips!

Converting fractions to decimals game
Converting fractions to decimals game

Crack the Mission 2110 vault using your knowledge of fractions and decimals.

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Decimals made simple

Decimals made simple

The Decimals made simple learning pack aims to take you through every aspect of primary-school decimal learning, from using decimal notation in money and measurements to converting fractions to decimals and rounding decimals to the nearest whole number. As well as a year-by-year guide to what your child learns you'll be able to complete 35 worksheets with your child to help them put their decimals knowledge into practice. And why not end a study session with a quick decimal game? Use the number spinner provided to try your hand at making the biggest (or smallest) decimal number, or speed-racing some decimal multiplication or division.

Maths Homework Helper

Maths Homework Helper

Maths is a core skill within the primary national curriculum. As we use maths every day, it is also a vital skill for life. But, some of us still dread our child coming home and asking for help with their maths homework, as learning methods and terminology are sometimes different from how we were taught.

If this sounds like you, you'll find Maths Homework Helper an immensely useful resource for two reasons. Firstly, it collates the main topics your child will need to know. Secondly, it acts as a refresher course for you, so you can revisit each topic and understand just what your child is learning during class time. It covers the crucial topics of numbers, using numbers, measures, shape and space, and data handling, so you and your child will be able to learn, understand and use maths skills in everyday situations.

There are also helpful rules to remember, a jargon-busting guide to key maths language, plus tips and ideas to help your child continue their learning away from their text books. With the Maths Homework Helper eBook, you will never be stumped by your child's primary maths homework again!

Decimals