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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:31 pm 
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School has said there are some new instructions and that in the 2016 ks2 test commas for the thousands etc should be used. Does anyone have a link please?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:02 pm 
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Here are the samples - I'll see what I can find:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... structions

There are NO commas in the large numbers in the mark scheme.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:54 pm 
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According to our new text books commas are out, there is a gap instead. I prefer commas.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:08 pm 
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yoyo123 wrote:
According to our new text books commas are out, there is a gap instead. I prefer commas.


In many countries, though, the comma is used where we use a 'dot' and a space is used where we put a comma. So '31,6' is what we would usually write as '31.6' and our '31,458' would be interpreted as a number a thousand times smaller than the writer intended :shock:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:16 pm 
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Commas have been 'out' for ages ...


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:20 pm 
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Thanks everyone. G55, I will PM you.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:15 pm 
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Commas are gone because of the European use of a comma for a decimal point.
When I worked in academic publishing 20 years ago there were no commas.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:34 pm 
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We had a Spanish girl in our year 5 class a while ago , it was very confusing suddenly coming across her book in a pile of marking, so I can see why it is just a space.

(Still like commas though!)


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:04 pm 
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There were commas in the sample paper last summer but as they are archaic I assumed it was a mistake.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:47 pm 
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No new guidance then about use of commas or otherwise?


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