Children you might like to:
- List all the different instances when you use fractions.
- Think about how you met fractions in school and what you have
been taught. What can you remember?
- Convince someone that a quarter is bigger than a fifth. (hint:
think of sweets)
- Take a line make it half as big again. Draw a shape
on dotty paper - now make that half as big again.
Parents you might like to:
- Explain in what contexts you use fractions at work and in the
- Investigate the fractional parts of a pound before the
decimalisation of our currency in 1972.
- Convince someone a quarter is bigger than a fifth.
- Investigate the idea of ratio when mixing water and squash or
when sharing out meals/ sweets etc.
- Explore the use of fractions within the context of time.
Teachers you might like to:
- Explore the Tangram to explain and illustrate the 'sixteenths'
family of fractions.
- Consider the differing ways of re' presenting fractional
- Explain why "we turn one fraction upside down and multiply
- Investigate mixing liquids/ sharing sweets in differing
- Develop the vocabulary of fractions and illustrate the
different members of the fraction family - vulgar fractions,
improper fractions, decimal fractions, etc.
- Halve a square in as many different ways as possible.