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

Stage: 1 and 2

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

Paper Halving

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

Fair Feast

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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


Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?