Base Ten sets are an essential tool in the primary classroom to help children develop a better understanding of numbers and place value to 4-digits (Thousands, Hundreds, Tens and Ones).

Also known as dienes, they are a visual representation of numbers which can be physically manipulated to solve problems.

When using Base 10 to support learning of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, we believe that it is important that the colours match the place values they represent on the pictorial tables and charts in textbooks, worksheets and pupil books.

Due to this Oakfield Learning has created the plavalmat® range of place value counters to be colour matched to those used by White Rose Maths and Power Maths which are two of the most popular and trusted schemes of learning used in primary, secondary schools and for home learning to support the maths mastery curriculum.

The cubes that represent the value of 1 are red; the rods that represent the value of 10 is yellow; the flats that represent the value of 100 are green; and the block that represents the value of 1000 is blue.

Other place value disks that match the Singapore colours or European colours but as these are not in line with White Rose Maths, this can lead to confusion. This is why we thought this was in important addition to our range of place value resources and they are designed to be used with our plavalmat® place value charts that can be used as base ten mats.