Ioan set up a ‘Baby Yoda Quest’ about place value up to ‘hundreds’. Finny had to help The Mandalorian recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones), then cross the river to get to Baby Yoda.

What is place value?

Place value is the value of each digit in a number. It is important that children understand that while a digit can be the same, its value depends on where it is in the number. 

For example, the 9 in 490 represents 9 tens, or 90; however, the 9 in 9,002 represents 9 thousands, or 9,000


  • Mandalorian and Baby Yoda BrickHeadz
  • Grapat loose parts
  • Lego pieces and crocodile
  • Ten grids
  • Base Ten set
  • Grimms concentric rings
  • Grimms semi circles
  • Blue scarf

Problem solving

Ioan explained what Mando had to do in the first challenge on his quest:

In the second challenge, he had to avoid the snapping jaws of the hungry crocodile.

The next challenges were looking at two-digit numbers (tens and ones) and involved counting in tens.

The next challenge required Finny to compare an estimate of jumbled ‘ones’, with a set of ‘ones’ set out in straight lines of ten.

Finny had to use base 10 to make some three-digit numbers (hundreds, tens, ones).

In the final challenge, Finny had to identify and represent, the place value of each digit in the three-digit numbers he had made.

DfES National Curriculum (2013)

Numeracy Year 3 programme of study

Number – number and place value

  • recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones)
  • compare and order numbers up to 1000
  • identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
  • read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words
  • solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas.