This week we have been practising multiplication.

To use the grid method with a multiplication you have to firstly partition the numbers.

To do this you have to understand **place value**. So, 116 becomes 100 and 10 and 6. This is done with both numbers. These separate numbers are placed along the top and sides of a grid and then each calculation is worked out individually.

The products (results) of each calculation are then added together to reach the final answer. It’s a simple and elegant way of solving multiplication problems.

A member of 5MC demonstrated how to work through this method.

In this picture we can see that £5.75 has been converted into pence first.