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Year 5 struggling with decimals

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by Camokidmommy, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. Camokidmommy

    Camokidmommy Established commenter

    this forum appears to be more secondary biased but I am hoping someone may help anyway!

    I have a year 5 child who cannot grasp decimals, whatever I try to do to make it more simple. I have tried everything I know but they just cannot 'get' it.

    The child concerned has dyslexic needs and I am wondering if this is having an effect.

    Any ideas woul be really appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.
  2. colinbillett

    colinbillett Occasional commenter

  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well I did reply but it doesn't seem to have posted.

    Sometimes I think one has to accept that a child needs just to 'be able to do' even if they don't truly 'understand' so later the understanding can come when the penny finally drops.

    I have a 'slider' which allow the children to 'move the digits right or left and then they can see for example that 1.0 divided by 10 = 0.1 or 1 tenth. shown alongside pictures it can help.
    Vince_Ulam likes this.
  4. colinbillett

    colinbillett Occasional commenter

    Especially considering the dyslexia issues, I think you need lots of objects, lots of shapes, and lots of colour. Try to make it dynamic.
  5. Camokidmommy

    Camokidmommy Established commenter

    Thank you. Here's hoping for a breakthrough.

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