Decimals for Parents

In school we explain what decimals are and how they relate to money and measurement, the equivalence between fractions and decimals, partitioning, rounding and ordering decimals and adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals.

What are decimals?

A decimal is a number expressed in the scale of tens. Commonly speaking we talk about decimals when numbers include a decimal point to represent a whole number plus a fraction of a whole number (tenths, hundredths, etc.).

decimal point is a point or dot used to separate the whole part of a number from the fractional part of a number.

You will find more information below and some helpful attachements for years 4, 5 and 6