Fractions Unpacked - Starting Points

The article and tasks below form part of our Fractions Unpacked Feature.  

They offer some starting points to explore with your class, which are applicable to a range of ages.  The tasks provide a chance for meaningful mathematical discussion and sharing of current understanding, in addition to offering opportunities to challenge misconceptions.

Early Fraction Development

Age 5 to 11

An article describing activities which will help develop young children's concept of fractions.

Paper Halving

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

In how many ways can you halve a piece of A4 paper? How do you know they are halves?

Fair Feast

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?

What Do You See Here?

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

An activity for teachers to initiate that adds to learners' developing understanding of fractions.


Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

There are three tables in a room with blocks of chocolate on each. Where would be the best place for each child in the class to sit if they came in one at a time?