Once you can write big numbers, you need to be sure you can read and understand them. When faced with something horrible-looking like this…

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Children need to be happy to read it aloud, ‘Forty-two million, four hundred and thirty six thousand, six hundred and fifty-six’ and to say the value of the 2 (two million) or the 3 (three thousand).

It’s easy when you know how.

CLICK HERE for a 2 minute youtube video that clears it all up.

CLICK HERE for a worksheet to go with it, with answers on the second page.

(The worksheet comes from the brilliant site www.mathsblog.co.uk. I’ve just spotted a typo on it though, there is an extra 1 inserted to the end of the number in Question 3 – apologies).

That was easy!