A problem shared, is a problem halved!

This week in maths we have been looking at fractions. We have been learning to recognise the fractions 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4 and have been investigating what these fractions actually mean. This was certainly a challenge at the beginning of the week but we couldn’t wait to get started…


We used paper cups that we cut to represent the fractions and placed them on a number line. From this we could see that 1 and three quarter cups is larger than 1 and a half cups. We then discovered that some fractions which look different can actually mean the same, these are called equivalent fractions. A good example that we found was 2/4 = 1/2. We then used the cups to explore different ways of making up the same number. We could see that 1 and a half cups could be made by using 1 + 1/2, 1 + 1/4 + 1/4, 1/2 + 1/2 + 1/2. 


Later in the week we used counters to help us find fractions of an amount. We started by finding out 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4 of an amount. Once confident some of us even moved onto finding 2/3 of a given amount! We worked in pairs and we were able to support and help each other during the lesson.


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